UK car manufacturing this year has reached 1.125m units, up 3.9% on last year. SMMT data shows that 140,888 cars were built in September, 9.9% ahead of last year.

Cumulative data for the year so far shows that UK car output has been boosted by demand in the UK, with output for export flat against last year.  However, exports picked up in September (9% ahead of last year). The export picture will be closely monitored in the comimg months amid signs that demand in Europe has bottomed.

"Boosted by strong domestic demand, September's 9.9% rise in car manufacturing reinforces how the sector is one of the UK’s biggest success stories of recent years," said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. 

“This year alone, more than £2.6 billion has been committed across the UK automotive sector, from the supply chain to global car manufacturing brands. This long-term financial commitment and robust demand for UK-built products demonstrate the global appetite for high-quality, desirable products borne of the UK’s world-class design, R&D and engineering.”

UK car output to rise to annual 1.9m units by 2017 - KPMG 

John Leech, KPMG Head of Automotive said that UK car output will continue to rise until at least 2017, reaching an annual level of 1.9m units.

“The industry is confident that demand from the eurozone has stabilised following six straight years of decline and that UK and emerging market demand will continue to be very strong.

“The average price of cars exported is now double that of cars imported which shows that the UK is slowly re-orienting itself as a manufacturer of luxury cars, which is a much more sustainable situation than we have had before.

“The current production run rate is back at pre-recession levels last seen in 2008. Our forecast is that UK car production will continue to rise in 2014, 2015 and 2016 before peaking in 2017 at 1.9 million vehicles.”

Car manufacturing Sept 12 Sept 13 %ch YTD-12 YTD-13 %ch
Total 128,229 140,888 9.90% 1,083,313 1,125,433 3.90%
Home 25,864 28,992 12.10% 194,448 240,939 23.90%
Export 102,365 111,896 9.30% 888,865 884,494 -0.50%
% export 79.80% 79.40%
82.10% 78.60%
Source: SMMT





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UK CAR MANUFACTURING (DATA FOR SEPTEMBER 2013)

Car manufacturing tops one million units for 2013

  • Strong September drives 2013 UK car production to 1,125,433 units, up 3.9% on 2012.
  • 140,888 cars built in September, 9.9% ahead of 2012.
  • Rolling 12-month output hits 1.5 million for first time since October 2008.
  • Buoyant UK demand helps boost growth as exports rise 9.3% in the month.

"Boosted by strong domestic demand, September's 9.9% rise in car manufacturing reinforces how the sector is one of the UK’s biggest success stories of recent years," said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “This year alone, more than £2.6 billion has been committed across the UK automotive sector, from the supply chain to global car manufacturing brands. This long-term financial commitment and robust demand for UK-built products demonstrate the global appetite for high-quality, desirable products borne of the UK’s world-class design, R&D and engineering.”

Car manufacturing Sep-12 Sep-13 %
Change
YTD-12 YTD-13 %
Change
Total 128,229 140,888 9.9% 1,083,313 1,125,433 3.9%
Home 25,864 28,992 12.1% 194,448 240,939 23.9%
Export 102,365 111,896 9.3% 888,865 884,494 -0.5%
% export 79.8% 79.4%   82.1% 78.6%  

Car output rolling year total

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Car output year-to-date, 2011-2013

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UK CV MANUFACTURING (data for September 2013)

September continues CV manufacturing decline

  • CV output continues downward trend, dropping 27.5% in September to 6,963 units.
  • 67,609 CVs produced in year-to-date, down 17.9% from 2012.
  • Weak Eurozone demand and earlier domestic restructuring contributes to decline.

“CV production remained subdued in September, with continuing uncertainty in the EU and restructuring of UK operations,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “While the overall market is striving against tough conditions, there remains cause for optimism in some areas, with the truck sector out-performing the market in September."

CV manufacturing Sep-12 Sep-13 %
Change
YTD-12 YTD-13 %
Change
Total 9,607 6,963 -27.5% 82,315 67,609 -17.9%
Home 4,501 3,783 -16.0% 34,419 31,322 -9.0%
Export 5,106 3,180 -37.7% 47,896 36,287 -24.2%
% export 53.1% 45.7%   58.2% 53.7%  

CV output rolling year total       
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CV output year-to-date, 2011-2013

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UK ENGINE MANUFACTURING

Data for September 2013

September engine output growth fuelled by exports

  • 230,743 engines manufactured in September, up 8.3% on last year.
  • Year-to-date growth of 1.2% sees UK engine output approach two million units for 2013.
  • Production for home market up 8.2% in year-to-date, while weaker September offset by export boost.
Engine manufacturing Sep-12 Sep-13 %
Change
YTD-12 YTD-13 %
Change
Total 213,052 230,743 8.3% 1,882,303 1,904,629 1.2%
Home 127,627 80,934 -36.6% 701,707 758,925 8.2%
Export 85,425 149,809 75.4% 1,180,596 1,145,704 -3.0%
% export 40.1% 64.9%   62.7% 60.2%  

Engine output rolling year total 

picEngine output year-to-date, 2011-2013pic

Original source: SMMT