The Geneva Motor Show is Europe’s Premier Motor Show and is one of the
easiest to get to and get around as it is located within walking distance of Geneva
International Airport. Opening to the press on the 5th March this year’s show
promises the usual wacky concepts and important mainstream model debuts, but
also the start of a new supercar era, with hybrid hypercars from McLaren and Ferrari
both set to attend.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have released some
important motoring industry facts in the run up to the show that features the latest
2012 data. The SMMT is one of the largest and most influential trade associations in
the UK. It supports the interests of the UK automotive industry at home and abroad,
promoting a united position to government, stakeholders and the media.
UK Car Market is second largest in Europe
Figures show that last year, 2,044,609 new cars were registered, overtaking annual
volumes in France and coming second only to Germany. The best selling car in
2012 was the Ford Fiesta (109,265 units registered), followed by the Vauxhall Corsa
(89,434 units registered). This shows that the UK car market is now the second
largest in Europe. The largest manufacturer in the UK is Nissan, producing more
than half a million cars in 2012. The most popular model built at its Sunderland plant
last year was the Nissan Qashqai, accounting for more than 300,000 units. In total,
the UK is home to more than thirty major vehicle manufacturing sites, producing
in excess of sixty model lines across the car and commercial vehicle sectors and
supplying to over one hundred markets worldwide.
Engine production is another key part of the UK automotive industry. Approximately
62% of engines made in the UK are manufactured at Ford's plants in Dagenham
and Bridgend. The Dagenham Diesel Centre is run on 100% renewable energy and
meets more than 50% of Ford's global demand for diesel engines. In 2012, the plant
manufactured its 40 millionth engine. There has also been significant investment in
the automotive industry over the past two years. In 2012 alone, commitments topped
£2.5 billion, including investment into Nissan, Jaguar Land Rover, Vauxhall and
many component manufacturers, boosting the UK's £4.8 billion supply chain.
The UK is also home to more specialist car manufacturers than any other country,
including some of the world’s most iconic and prestigious brands. These companies
make around 25,000 vehicles a year, typically sourcing around two thirds of their
components from the UK and have a combined turnover of around £2.5 billion.