The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) chief executive Christopher Macgowan says: “Car production in the UK is now truly global in terms of what we produce and the markets for which cars are distributed. We are unique in hosting more producers here than in any other European country and this is reflected in a diverse and exciting product line up.
“However, where the UK really stands out is in the increase in production for export markets. Six months into 2004, this stands at record levels, a trend SMMT fully expects to continue in the months and years to come.”
Other data released by the ONS showed that CV output is up 13.4% over the first half of 2004, export growth is up 22.2% from January to June and 201,721 units have been produced in the last 12 months, up from 193,056 from June 2003.
“The first half of 2004 has seen a marked pick-up in the UK's CV production. The growth in commercial vehicles for export is being led by a sustained improvement in demand from European CV markets. We expect this strong demand, backed by consistent UK orders, to result in the production of more than 200,000 units by the end of the year,” says Macgowan.
Car production in first six months 2000-2004: