The united kingdom have been produced more than 1.6 million cars in the first 11 months of 2016, surpassing the same period in the year 2015 by 9.6% and marking the country’s best result since the year 1999.
A total of 1,613,495 cars were produced, with a 78% (1,258,909) of them are made overseas. At the same point in 2015, around 56,000 fewer cars had been produced.
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Output continued to grow in November, with 169,247 cars built through the four weeks, representing 12.8% growth on the previous year and the highest result for the month in 17 years.
The executive director of the Society of motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), Mike Hawes, said: “‘Made in Britain’ is a badge that is coveted by car buyers from all over the world, and these latest figures highlight not only that the international campaign, but also the fact that the uk is a globally competitive place to make cars.
“These latest results are the product of the major investments made in recent years, but that will continue only if we can keep the competitive trading conditions which have enabled the uk to become one of the automotive success story.”
Uk engine manufacturing also rose to record levels, with an increase of 20% of the production registered in November, after a total of 250,879 units were produced.
Most of the engines were for British customers, with the domestic demand by 36.1% in November, and surpassing the one million mark in the year-to-date for the first time. On the contrary, the engine exports were down 6.4% in the same period of the previous year.
Overall the year-to-date output of the motor has reached 2.4 m, which is 7.7% in the first 11 months of 2015.
“In November, the increase in demand in the uk built engines is a good news and thanks to thousands of millions of pounds of recent investment in new plant to serve as Britain’s booming vehicle manufacturing industry,” said Hawes. “However, even though the domestic supply is growing rapidly – up to 70% since records began in 2009 – the foreign demand still accounts for more than half of the production. If this important sector’s growth is to continue, the right of negotiation of conditions that must be maintained to keep the industry competitive at the international level.”
Britain’s strong production results come at a time when european car sales are at their highest levels since the year 2007. Despite the concerns of an unpredictable world economy and the Brexit vote would damage consumer confidence and hamper sales, the Europeans bought 13,937,339 in the first 11 months of the year, representing a growth of 6.8% in the previous year.
The united kingdom was the fourth place in Europe’s fastest-growing market, with sales here up to 2.9% in 2015.
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