UK Car Production 17 Year High As Jaguar Land Rover Hits Top Spot
Number of cars built in the UK for 2016/15 revealed, the best selling worldwide and the largest export markets.
Car production more than 1.7 million
Jaguar Land Rover produced more new vehicles than any other manufacturer in 2016 in the UK - and total industry output hit a 17 year high, The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders confirmed. Over all brands, 1,722,698 vehicles were built in 15 plants which was an increase from 1,587,677 throughout 2015 (+8.5%).
Largest export markets
The Society confirmed that 78.8% of new vehicles were exported throughout 2016 (1,354,216). The European Union was the largest market where 56% found homes. Others included: The United States of America (14.5%), China (6.5%), Turkey (3.1%), Australia (2.5%), Japan (1.9%), Canada (1.8%), South Korea (1.7%) plus Israel (1.1%).
Quality products contributed to success
Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Chief Executive, Mike Hawes, explained: “The tremendous growth in UK production is testament to the global competitiveness of the UK automotive sector. High class engineering, advanced technology and a workforce committed to quality have helped turn around the industry; making the UK among the most productive places in Europe to produce cars”.
He added: “Significant investment in new plants and products over the past few years has driven this growth, not a post-Brexit bounce.” Mr Hawes also looked to the future. “We want trade deals but they must be the right deals, not rushed deals. Failure to do so could damage UK automotive manufacturing beyond repair”, he said.
Jaguar Land Rover best sellers
Jaguar Land Rover built half of the best selling, British-built, cars worldwide at Castle Bromwich, Halewood and Solihull. The top 10 were the Nissan Qashqai in first then the: Toyota Auris, MINI, Vauxhall Astra, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Honda Civic, Jaguar F-Pace and the Jaguar XE (10).
Jaguar Land Rover also built the: Jaguar F-Type, Jaguar XF, Jaguar XJ, Land Rover Defender, Land Rover Discovery and Range Rover in the UK. Production in 2016 hit 544,401 compared to 489,923 in 2015 (+11.1%). Production, in fact, rose more than 240% compared to 1999 thanks to the company's sustained, long term, financial investment.
Andy Goss, Jaguar Land Rover Global Sales Director, said it has: “Once again shown that investment in new models, skills and advanced technology are critically important to ensure Britain has a thriving automotive industry - even in the face of current uncertainty.”
Mr Goss continued: “To be the UK’s largest automotive business once again is a tremendous achievement. We are proud to call ourselves a British company and are committed to ensuring manufacturing remains the backbone of the British economy.”