UK car manufacturing achieves alltime record exports in 2012

UK car manufacturing broke all-time export records in 2012, with volumes sent overseas exceeding 1.2 million, up 8% on last year. Total vehicle output increased 8% last year to 1.58 million units, the highest level since 2008.Car output rose 9% in 2012 to 1.46 million units, ending the year with a 6% rise in December.Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive said, “2012 was a very good year for UK car production with record levels of exports and volumes at their highest since 2008.“The outlook for 2013 remains positive with demand in many faster growing global markets offsetting the continued weakness in European economies. The £6 billion of investment committed to UK facilities, new model programmes and R&D signals a bright future and many new opportunities for companies in the supply chain.  These remain extremely challenging times and it is essential industry and government continue to work together to secure long-term industrial growth.”UK automotive manufacturing dataBusiness Secretary Vince Cable said, “News that UK car production increased by 9% in 2012 and exports are at record levels is a great tribute to our manufacturing strengths, particularly in the face of challenging trading conditions in Europe and strong international competition.“The UK is achieving success by making products that are in demand across the world. We have a diverse and innovative automotive sector with some of the most productive plants in the world and a flexible, skilled and committed workforce.“The government is creating a highly supportive business environment to ensure that UK manufacturers continue to flourish as well as encouraging further investment in the UK automotive sector, including the supply chain.“There is no room for complacency and to build on this competitive advantage we are working jointly with the auto sector on a long term industrial strategy.”CV and Engine manufacturing factsCV output fell 6.8% in the year and was down 18.9% in December.UK engine production remained stable, down just 0.3% in 2012, with December dipping 0.8%.CV and engine manufacturing output last year reflects weak demand in European economies as instability in the eurozone and fresh austerity measures impact on consumer confidence.The outlook for UK automotive manufacturing is good with global demand remaining strong and UK facilities building on the significant investment committed to them in recent years.Click through to download the full UK automotive manufacturing news release for December 2012 (full year data).If you use these figures in online editorial, please reference www.smmt.co.uk/vehicle-data/ as the source.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

100day countdown to launch of cleanestever Euro6 vehicles

Toughest ever standards for new car emissions come into force in September 2015.70% of UK’s 10 best-selling models registered in April 2015 boasted Euro-6 tech.Car manufacturers demonstrate latest tech at key industry event today.This weekend begins the 100-day countdown to the official launch of the strictest-ever European vehicle emissions regulation, Euro-6. From 1 September 2015, all new car models sold in the EU must meet this low emissions standard, making them the cleanest vehicles in history.With three months still to go before the new standard becomes mandatory, the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that UK vehicle manufacturers are ahead of the game, with around half of new car buyers opting for a Euro-6 car last month.In a show of commitment to the latest standards, car manufacturers are demonstrating their latest Euro-6 cars today at SMMT Test Day – a key industry event.Consumers are doing their bit for air quality, too, by opting to buy these low emission vehicles in increasing numbers. In April, almost one out of every two new cars registered (45.9%) boasted next-generation Euro-6 technology, compared with fewer than one in five (18.7%) in September 2014. Meanwhile, a staggering 70.4% of the UK’s top 10 best-sellers registered last month met the standard.Next-generation Euro-6 technology vehicles not only boast the lowest CO2 emissions on record, but they emit virtually zero particulate matter, while nitrogen oxides emissions are more than half those of previous generation motors built in the past five years.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “With 100 days still to go until the new Euro-6 standard becomes mandatory, new car buyers are shifting to these next-generation vehicles. This is the result of huge investment from manufacturers in clean technology – and the quicker we get these Euro-6 cars onto the roads, the quicker we’ll see improvements in air quality.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more