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Charity book lays out motoring facts

BearingPoint, the management and technology consultant, has launched a new book of automotive statistics to help raise money for BEN, the automotive charity.

The BEN Book of Numbers is designed to provide motor industry executives, analysts, marketers, researchers and students with an annually updated summary of automotive statistics from across major sectors.

The book has been edited by Professor Peter Cooke of Nottingham Business School. Content has been supplied by the SMMT; the OICA (International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers); the ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers Association); and the DVLA – all of which have given the data free of charge.

Gerard Barclay, chief executive of BEN, said: “Access to market information is essential to help steer strategic and market planning in today’s constantly evolving automotive industry. The team at BEN is delighted to be the beneficiary of this new ‘automotive bible’ and its breadth of data serves to underline just how diverse the industry is.”

The BEN Book of Numbers will become an annually updated publication providing a single source of automotive data coupled with bullet point analysis.

The BEN Book of Numbers will be priced at £99 plus £5.00 p&p and is available from Phoenix Enterprises by emailing All proceeds will go to BEN, the automotive industry charity.

  • Click on the next page to view interesting facts you will find in the BEN Book of Numbers.

    #AM_ART_SPLIT# Amongst the many data categories are the following facts:

  • If vehicle manufacturing was a country it would be the sixth largest economy in the world with turnover of more than £1.3 trillion.

  • According to OICA, global production of passenger cars, rose to over 46 million units in 2005 from 40.1 million in 2001 – with the biggest increase coming from China.

  • The number of cars in use in Great Britain in 1995 was 24.3 million but, by 2005, had increased to 29.7 million.

  • New car registrations in the UK were 2.171 million in 1997, peaked at 2.579 million in 2003 and slipped to 2.344 million in 2006.

  • Since 1998, the number of franchised new car sales dealers in Europe fell by 33,000 to 74,800 outlets at the beginning of 2006.

  • The number of new LCVS registered in the UK increased by more than 100,000 in 10 years, to 327, 200 in 2006.

  • New motor cycle registrations, which were 123,382 in 2002, fell to 109,527 units in 2006.

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