UK car manufacturing chart

Best year in a decade for UK car manufacturing

  • UK car manufacturing reaches 10-year high, growing 3.9% to 1,587,677 vehicles

  • More cars exported than ever before, up 2.7% on previous year at 1,227,881

  • Domestic production suggest 8.1% to 359,796 to meet increasing demand for British-built cars

  • EU demand grows 11.3%, with 57.5% of exports destined for the continent.

  • US overtakes China as UK’s largest export destination, with demand up by a quarter.

These are the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturer and Traders (SMMT). British manufacturer made more cars in 2015 than any year since 2005 when 1,595,697 vehicles were produced.

A record number of cars – representing 77.3% of total production – was for export, with 1,227,881 units leaving the UK, up 2.7% on 2014 levels. Challenges were experienced in some global markets such as China, where demand fell by 37.5%, and Russia, where export volumes declined 69.4%. However, the economic recovery in Europe, the UK’s biggest trading partner, boosted demand for UK-built cars considerably by 11.3% in 2015. The region now accounts for 57.5% of all UK car exports.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “Despite export challenges in some key markets such as Russia and China, foreign demand for British-built cars has been strong, reaching record export levels in the past year. Achieving these hard fought for results is down to vital investment in the sector, world class engineering and a committed and skilled UK workforce – one of the most productive in the world.

“Continued growth in an intensely competitive global marketplace is far from guaranteed, however, and depends heavily on global economic conditions and political stability. Europe is our biggest trading partner and the UK’s membership of the European Union is vital for the automotive sector in order to secure future growth and jobs.”

 

 

Changan UK Expansion in West Midlands UK

100 new jobs at Chinese car giant’s Midland base

One of the largest car manufacturers in China, Changan Automobile, have further strengthened their position in the UK’s automotive market, with the acquisition of 80,000 sq ft offices at Birmingham Business Park. Having operated in the UK since 2010, Changan UK has more than trebled its footprint within the last three months, resulting in the creation of 100 new jobs.

The new site at the Birmingham Business Park will form the worldwide headquarters of its Powertrain and Research & Development divisions.

Dr Xiaoyu Zhang, general manager of Changan UK, said: “Our new site at Birmingham Business Park in the UK will become a world-class powertrain research centre.

“This new location will strengthen our commitment to the UK market by promoting the growth and sustainability of Changan UK, developing links with local universities and creating new jobs for the region.”

Changan is one of the biggest car manufacturers in China. It has nearly 50,000 employees worldwide and is affiliated to the state-owned China South Industries Group Corporation – its notable joint ventures include ChanganFord and ChanganSuzuki.


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