UK car production reaches record high

British car manufacturing has hit its highest level for the year-to-date in a decade, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

A total of 1,318,452 new cars rolled off UK production lines in the first 10 months of the year, the best performance since 2005 and up 2.8% year-to-date. Exports drove volumes in October, with foreign demand up 1.5%, while the domestic market fell marginally month-on-month.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive said, ‘Despite a small drop in overall output last month, the industry has delivered a robust performance so far this year, particularly in terms of exports. Given the slowdown we’ve seen in several key global markets in recent months, UK automotive manufacturing still remains in a strong position.’

Car manufacturing Oct-14 Oct-15 % Change YTD-14 YTD-15 % Change
Total 150,060 148,976 -0.7% 1,282,080 1,318,452 2.8%
Home 33,895 31,078 -8.3% 281,791 309,076 9.7%
Export 116,165 117,898 1.5% 1,000,289 1,009,376 0.9%
% export 77.4% 79.1%   78.0% 76.6%  

Car output – rolling year totals UK vs. home