LONDON 2012: SMMT TAKES A LONG-DISTANCE LOOK AT UK AUTOMOTIVE







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: July 26, 2012
Categories: General News

rom UK-built cars and overseas sales, to the number of vehicles in London and the price of fuel, the automotive industry has changed dramatically in the 64 years since the last Olympic Games held in the UK. Motor industry trade body, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), has released a selection of facts and statistics comparing today's automotive landscape with 1948, the year of the last Olympic Games held in the UK.

Cars

  1948 Present
Total car manufacturing output 334,815 1,343,810
% of cars exported 68% 84%
Total new car registrations
With engine capacity: up to 1 litre
1 – 2 litres
> 2 litres
110,634
15,317
65,536
29,791
1,941,253
89,137
1,629,220
221,798
Total cars on UK roads 2,132,720 31,362,716
Total cars in London 126,714 808,924

Today, the UK is home to seven volume car manufacturers, eight major premium and sports car producers, and more than 100 specialist brands.

Commercial vehicles

1948 Present
Total CV manufacturing output 177,261 121,312
% of CVs exported 42% 57%
Total CVs on UK roads 785,418 4,269,641
Total CVs in London 89,429 20,403

The stand-out difference between 1948 and today is the 444% rise in the number of commercial vehicles on UK roads with more than 4.2 million vans and trucks registered for use across the UK. With over 81% of all goods delivered by road in the UK, it is estimated that today’s trucks shift more than four million tonnes of goods every day (Source DfT).

Other automotive facts

  1948 Present
Total employees in automotive Approx 400,000 Approx 700,000
Average price of petrol per litre (Source AA) 2.3p (36% tax) 133.9p (56.8% tax)
Road tax (VED) for cars A flat rate of £10 per car Amount payable based on CO2 emissions:
Band A (up to 100 CO2 g/km)
= £0
Band M (over 255 CO2 g/km)
= £475)
Total mileage of UK roads 183,659 245,000

Today, more than 700,000 people are employed across the design, engineering, manufacturing, supply chain, aftermarket and retail sectors with around 140,000 directly employed in automotive manufacturing. Attracting the brightest and best talent is critical to the long-term success of industry and last year, UK automotive recruited more than 14,000 new apprenticeships and hundreds of graduates across manufacturing and retail sectors.