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Exports drive UK new car production but May down as manufacturers gear up for new models

29/06/2017

Exports drive UK new car production but May down as manufacturers gear up for new models

New car production falls -9.7% overall in May as car makers adjust production schedules for…

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Exports lead engine production growth in May

29/06/2017

Exports lead engine production growth in May

Engine manufacturing bounces back after Easter dip, with output up 5.5% to 230,606 units. Production…

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UK Automotive calls for “business as usual” interim arrangements to avoid cliff edge

20/06/2017

UK Automotive calls for “business as usual” interim arrangements to avoid cliff edge

The UK automotive industry has today called on government to seek an interim arrangement with the EU that would maintain membership of the single market and customs union until a final agreement on a new relationship with the EU is negotiated and implemen

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UK Automotive achieves record turnover of £77.5 billion, marking seventh consecutive year of growth

20/06/2017

UK Automotive achieves record turnover of £77.5 billion, marking seventh consecutive year of growth

UK Automotive’s 18th annual Sustainability Report reveals the manufacturing sector turned over a record £77.5 billion in 2016.

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SMMT response to 2017 General Election results

09/06/2017

SMMT response to 2017 General Election results

SMMT has released a statement in response to the 2017 General Election results on behalf of UK Automotive.

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06/06/2017

British motorists buy more car parts, accessories and services online than cosmetics or groceries finds new research

UK automotive aftermarket increases turnover to £21.6 billion as more high tech vehicles hit the…

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May 2017 – EV registrations

05/06/2017

May 2017 – EV registrations

SMMT has released electric vehicle (EV) registrations for May 2017.

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New car registrations decline in May ahead of general election

05/06/2017

New car registrations decline in May ahead of general election

The UK new car market declined in May ahead of the general election, with demand falling -8.5%, according to figures released today by SMMT. 186,265 new cars were registered in the month, with business purchases driving the market, up 20.1%, to offset dec

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SMMT’s Open Forum to highlight £2.6 billion digitisation supply chain opportunity

31/05/2017

SMMT’s Open Forum to highlight £2.6 billion digitisation supply chain opportunity

SMMT Open Forum returns to Automechanika Birmingham on 6 June, to highlight the latest cutting-edge technologies and trends.

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UK car manufacturing falls in April, but YTD output remains strongest for 17 years

25/05/2017

UK car manufacturing falls in April, but YTD output remains strongest for 17 years

Car output falls 18.2% as Easter bank holiday results in fewer manufacturing days. Year-to-date production…

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SMMT launches Motor Industry Facts 2017

25/05/2017

SMMT launches Motor Industry Facts 2017

SMMT has launched its comprehensive guide to all things UK Automotive, Motor Industry Facts 2017,…

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Engine output growing in 2017 despite April decline

25/05/2017

Engine output growing in 2017 despite April decline

Engine manufacturing reduced by 14.5% in April as month shortened by Easter break. Year-to-date remains…

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Record first quarter for UK used car market

18/05/2017

Record first quarter for UK used car market

The UK used car market got off to a strong start in 2017 with a record number of vehicles sold in the UK in the first quarter, according to data released by SMMT. 2,133,956 used cars changed hands in the first three months of the year, 3.4% more than in 2

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SMMT statement in response to government draft UK Air Quality Plan

05/05/2017

SMMT statement in response to government draft UK Air Quality Plan

SMMT has released a statement in response to the government draft UK Air Quality Plan.

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UK new car demand falls in April as new VED rates come into force

04/05/2017

UK new car demand falls in April as new VED rates come into force

The UK new car market experienced a significant decline in April, following exceptional growth in the previous month as buyers brought forward purchases ahead of the switch to new VED rates, which came into force on 1 April 2017.

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04/05/2017

April 2017 – EV registrations

Plug-In Car Grant: Since the launch of the Plug-In Car Grant in January 2011, there…

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Best month since 2000 for UK car manufacturing as exports drive production demand

27/04/2017

Best month since 2000 for UK car manufacturing as exports drive production demand

British car makers produced 170,691 vehicles in March, up 7.3%, the biggest month in 17…

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March delivers all-round high for engine manufacturing as Q1 output surpasses 700,000 for first time

27/04/2017

March delivers all-round high for engine manufacturing as Q1 output surpasses 700,000 for first time

UK engine manufacturing output rises a fifth in March (19.5%) to 271,359 units. Home market delivers 21.4% increase in production for the month – exceeding overseas growth in a reversal of the year-to-date trend.

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10 facts you need to know about diesel

10/04/2017

10 facts you need to know about diesel

This March, an all-time record number of diesel cars were registered. SMMT reveals why they are so popular, and the important role they can play in helping improve air quality in towns and cities, and tackling climate change.

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Records tumble as March UK new car market hits all-time high

05/04/2017

Records tumble as March UK new car market hits all-time high

The UK’s new car market grew by 8.4% in March, making it the biggest month since records began. The record performance came as buyers seized the chance to buy cars before the new vehicle excise duty (VED) rates came into force. From 1 April, under th

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Connected and autonomous vehicles will improve quality of life for six in 10 people with limited mobility, finds new study

30/03/2017

Connected and autonomous vehicles will improve quality of life for six in 10 people with limited mobility, finds new study

Connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) will transform the lives of six out of every 10 people in the UK, according to new research published by SMMT.

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UK Automotive demands government delivers deal to safeguard competitiveness

29/03/2017

UK Automotive demands government delivers deal to safeguard competitiveness

SMMT has renewed its call for the automotive industry to be at the heart of Brexit negotiations.

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Double digit growth for UK car exports in February drives monthly production above 150,000

23/03/2017

Double digit growth for UK car exports in February drives monthly production above 150,000

Double-digit growth in demand for British-built cars last month helped deliver the biggest February for UK car production in 17 years.

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Exports provide February lift for UK engine manufacturing

23/03/2017

Exports provide February lift for UK engine manufacturing

Upward trend for UK engine manufacturing continues in February, with 3.0% growth in a second…

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India imports of British-built cars grow 11-fold as demand for premium vehicles soars

22/03/2017

India imports of British-built cars grow 11-fold as demand for premium vehicles soars

UK car exports to India have grown almost 11-fold in the past seven years, in 2016, Indian motorists bought 3,372 British-built cars.

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Government and UK Automotive discuss Britain as a world leader in future technology ahead of major event on connected and self-driving vehicles

14/03/2017

Government and UK Automotive discuss Britain as a world leader in future technology ahead of major event on connected and self-driving vehicles

Government and the UK automotive industry came together today to discuss plans to position Britain…

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UK Automotive unites at Automechanika Birmingham to target more British parts for British cars

09/03/2017

UK Automotive unites at Automechanika Birmingham to target more British parts for British cars

SMMT’s Meet the Buyer event returns to Automechanika Birmingham as industry and government join to support inward investment.

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SMMT response to Budget 2017

08/03/2017

SMMT response to Budget 2017

SMMT Chief Executive Mike Hawes has responded to the budget on behalf of the UK automotive industry.

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UK new car market holds steady in February

06/03/2017

UK new car market holds steady in February

The UK new car market remained steady in February, dipping just -0.3%, according to figures released by SMMT.

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UK CO2 emissions fall for 19th consecutive year but SMMT warns anti-diesel agenda will halt progress

02/03/2017

UK CO2 emissions fall for 19th consecutive year but SMMT warns anti-diesel agenda will halt progress

UK average new car CO2falls to new low of 120.1g/km, down -1.1% on 2015 and…

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Search begins for UK Automotive’s top 100 rising female stars

27/02/2017

Search begins for UK Automotive’s top 100 rising female stars

UK Automotive is on the search for the sector’s future leaders as the Great British Women in the Car Industry awards returns.

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UK car manufacturing starts 2017 on a high with best January performance in nine years

23/02/2017

UK car manufacturing starts 2017 on a high with best January performance in nine years

UK car manufacturing had a successful start to 2017, with output in January up 7.5% compared with the same month last year

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23/02/2017

Carmakers come together to promote low emission vehicles, as motorists across UK call for greater incentives to switch and better charging infrastructure

UK Automotive demonstrated its commitment to developing the latest low emission vehicles during a special display of 26 vehicles in London, underlining the diversity and appeal of alternatively fuelled vehicles.

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Best ever January for British engine production

23/02/2017

Best ever January for British engine production

Strong start for British engine production in 2017, with output rising 12.0% to 235,076 units – the best January on record.

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Double-decks drive 2016 growth for UK bus and coach market

13/02/2017

Double-decks drive 2016 growth for UK bus and coach market

The UK’s new bus and coach market saw a second consecutive year of growth in 2016, as demand rose 8.0%.

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UK new car market kick-starts 2017 with milestone for alternatively fuelled vehicles

06/02/2017

UK new car market kick-starts 2017 with milestone for alternatively fuelled vehicles

The UK new car market achieved a 12-year high in January, according to figures published by SMMT. 174,564 vehicles left showrooms last month – a 2.9% year-on-year uplift and the highest level since 2005. Significantly, however, the alternatively fuel

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06/02/2017

January 2017 – EV registrations

Plug-In Car Grant: Since the launch of the Plug-In Car Grant in January 2011, there…

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17 year high for British car manufacturing as global demand hits record levels

26/01/2017

17 year high for British car manufacturing as global demand hits record levels

7 million cars built in the UK in 2016, an increase of 8.5% and the…

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UK new car market achieves record 2.69 million registrations in 2016 with fifth year of growth

05/01/2017

UK new car market achieves record 2.69 million registrations in 2016 with fifth year of growth

The UK new car market achieved another record year in 2016, with annual registrations climbing for the fifth year in a row to almost 2.7 million.

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David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, and DfT and BEIS ministers host roundtable with SMMT and automotive leaders

12/12/2016

David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, and DfT and BEIS ministers host roundtable with SMMT and automotive leaders

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) today hosted a roundtable discussion chaired by…

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Britain’s used car market motors to record levels in Q3 as 2.1 million vehicles change hands

17/11/2016

Britain’s used car market motors to record levels in Q3 as 2.1 million vehicles change hands

Growth in the used car market continued in the third quarter of 2016 as UK buyers snapped up a record 2,148,050 vehicles.

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Strong bus and coach demand boosts Q3 registrations

14/11/2016

Strong bus and coach demand boosts Q3 registrations

The new bus and coach market grew 14.2% in the third quarter of 2016, with more than 2,300 new vehicles registered.

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UK heavy truck market declines in Q3 after five consecutive quarters of growth

14/11/2016

UK heavy truck market declines in Q3 after five consecutive quarters of growth

The new heavy goods vehicle (HGV) market declined -3.6% in the third quarter of 2016, according to figures released by SMMT.

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Exports drive UK new car production but May down as manufacturers gear up for new models

29/06/2017

  • New car production falls -9.7% overall in May as car makers adjust production schedules for new model introductions.
  • Demand from overseas buyers remains strong, despite a decline in May.
  • Production levels rebalance following record start to the year.

UK new car production dropped in May, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 136,119 new cars were manufactured last month, representing a -9.7% fall compared with the same period in 2016 when output increased more than 26%, the highest May total in more than a decade.1

As car manufacturers prepare to ramp up production of new models, exports continue to be the main driver of demand. 576,556 new cars have been shipped abroad since January, a 0.8% increase year-on-year, although production for overseas markets fell -9.0% in May. Almost 80% of all cars made in Britain are exported, with more than half going to Europe.


Production for the home market fell -12.8% in May, down -8.1% in the year-to-date, with 153,199 cars destined for UK showrooms. Despite this, nearly 730,000 new cars have been made in Britain in the first five months of the year, following the record performance seen in Q1.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,

After a record start to the year, car production in the UK has slowed as production lines gear up for a range of new models. Global demand is strong and exports remain the driving force for British car production volumes in the UK. Maintaining our current open trade links with Europe, our biggest market, and further developing global markets is vital for this sector.

1 May 2002 – 158,236 new cars manufactured

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