UK CAR MANUFACTURING CONTINUES TO RISE







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: June 14, 2012
Categories: General News

SMMT AUTOMOTIVE MANUFACTURING - 14 June 2012 (data for May 2012)

  • UK automotive plants manufactured 141,146 cars in May, the month’s highest output since 2004.
  • Car manufacturing posted a 42.2% hike in May, with year-to-date volumes up 17.3%.
  • CV output subdued in the month with 9,445 vehicles produced, a 7.4% decline.
  • UK engine manufacturing rose 13.4% in May, as year-to-date volumes topped the one million mark.

“Car manufacturing in May hit the highest level of output since 2004 posting 42.2% growth, a sizable recovery against volumes hampered by last year’s Japanese tsunami.

This boost, coupled with robust year-to-date results demonstrates the strength of UK automotive manufacturing and shows why it continues to attract high levels of international investment,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “While commercial vehicle output remains subdued, in line with restrained levels of demand, the year’s engine output volume passed one million in May and is more than 40,000 units ahead of last year.”

Cars Commercial Vehicles Total Vehicles Total Engines
Data. May-12 YTD-12 May-12 YTD-12 May-12 YTD-12 May-12 YTD-12
Total 141,146 636,923 9,445 47,729 150,591 684,652 242,937 1,133,091
% change 42.2% 17.3% -7.4% -6.4% 37.5% 15.3% 13.4% 4.0%
Export 120,120 528,204 5,830 28,937 125,950 557,141 150,550 726,681
% change 45.5% 16.6% 0.6% -7.4% 42.5% 15.0% -6.9% -9.0%
% of total 85.1% 82.9% 61.7% 60.6% 83.6% 81.4% 62.0% 64.1%
Home 21,026 108,719 3,615 18,792 24,641 127,511 92,387 406,410
% change 25.8% 21.1% -18.0% -4.8% 16.7% 16.5% 75.9% 39.6%
% of total 14.9% 17.1% 38.3% 39.4% 16.4% 18.6% 38.0% 35.9%