Nissan workers at the Sunderland plant make final checks on Qashqai models for domestic and export sale

Nissan workers at the Sunderland plant make final checks on Qashqai models for domestic and export sale

UK car output rose 16.2% in August to 91,282 units, up 12,705 units on the same month a year before.

This third successive monthly gain pushed year to date volume up 3.1% to 984,545 units, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said.

August typically sees the year's smallest volume, due to the summer/retooling breaks in production usually scheduled Europe-wide. 

Domestic demand fuelled the total increase but exports also rose last month.

"UK car manufacturing is continuing to grow with global automotive brands building on UK-based design, R&D and engineering expertise to produce some of the world's most dynamic, dependable and desirable vehicles,” said new SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes, who has previously held senior communications and media relations posts at Volkswagen, Bentley and Toyota Europe.

"Despite August typically being one of the year's quietest months due to summer breaks, the past 12 months have been the most productive since late 2008."

However, weak EU demand and domestic restructuring saw UK commercial vehicle manufacturing continue to decline in August with output down 51.1% year on year to 3,694 units.

Year to date volume fell 16.6% in the first eight months of 2013 to 60,646 units and the SMMT noted output was expected to remain "subdued throughout 2013".

"Focused almost entirely on the European market, UK commercial vehicle manufacturing has been impacted by ongoing uncertainly in Eurozone countries, model changes and restructuring of some domestic operations," said Hawes.

"We expect overall commercial vehicle output to remain negative through the rest of the year but some sectors may fare better with recent increases in demand for UK-built trucks and buses."

UK engine manufacturing, however remained "stable" over the first eight months of 2013, inching up just 0.3%.

Typically subdued August volumes saw output down 16.4% in the month to 124,614 units.

Both month and year to date production for the home market improved though exports fell.

John Leech, head of automotive at KPMG in the UK, said: "Soaring UK car production is being fuelled by rising demand from both the UK and the eurozone. Yet these August 2013 figures may be flattered by the poor results this time last year, when the Greek and Spanish debt crises were gathering momentum.

“Nevertheless, with UK car sales almost back at pre-recession levels and with demand from Europe having bottomed out, I remain confident UK car production will rise again this year, the fourth year in succession and I forecast further increases in production in 2014, 2015 and peaking in 2016 at around 1.9m cars.

“One notable point, as a result of the UK increasingly making higher priced cars, the forecast trade surplus on cars is projected to be a record GBP8bn in 2016.”

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UK CAR MANUFACTURING

19 September 2013 (data for August 2013)

UK car manufacturing grows 16.2% in August

  • UK manufacturers built 91,282 cars in August, up 12,705 units on 2012.
  • Third successive monthly gain pushes year-to-date volumes up 3.1% to 984,545 units.
  • Month is typically the year's smallest volume, due to summer/retooling breaks in production. 
  • Domestic demand fuelled total increase, but export allocation also rose in August.

"UK car manufacturing is continuing to grow with global automotive brands building on UK-based design, R&D and engineering expertise to produce some of the world's most dynamic, dependable and desirable vehicles,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. "Despite August typically being one of the year's quietest months due to summer breaks, the past 12 months has been the most productive since late 2008."

Car manufacturing Aug-12 Aug-13 % Change YTD-12 YTD-13 % Change
Total 78,577 91,282 16.2% 955,084 984,545 3.1%
Home 16,765 20,298 21.1% 168,584 211,947 25.7%
Export 61,812 70,984 14.8% 786,500 772,598 -1.8%
% export 78.7% 77.8%   82.3% 78.5%  

 

UK COMMERCIAL VEHICLE MANUFACTURING

19 September 2013 (data for August 2013)

 

 

Weak EU demand and domestic restructuring continues CV manufacturing decline in August

 

  • Commercial vehicle (CV) output continued to fall in August, down 51.1% to 3,694 units.
  • Year-to-date output down 16.6% in the first eight months of 2013 to 60,646 units.
  • Output expected to remain subdued throughout 2013.

 
"Focused almost entirely on the European market, UK commercial vehicle manufacturing has been impacted by ongoing uncertainly in Eurozone countries, model changes and restructuring of some domestic operations," said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. "We expect overall commercial vehicle output to remain negative through the rest of the year, but some sectors may fare better with recent increases in demand for UK-built trucks and buses."

CV manufacturing Aug-12 Aug-13 % Change YTD-12 YTD-13 % Change
Total 7,608 3,694 -51.4% 72,708 60,646 -16.6%
Home 3,648 1,338 -63.3% 29,918 27,539 -8.0%
Export 3,960 2,356 -40.5% 42,790 33,107 -22.6%
% export 52.1% 63.8%   58.9% 54.6%  

 

UK ENGINE MANUFACTURING

19 September 2013 (data for August 2013)

 

Year's robust engine output overcomes weak August

 

  • UK engine manufacturing remained stable over the first eight months of 2013, up 0.3%.
  • Typically subdued August volumes saw output down 16.4% in the month to 124,614 units.
  • In both month and year-to-date production for home market improved, while exports declined.

 

Engine manufacturing Aug-12 Aug-13 % Change YTD-12 YTD-13 % Change
Total 149,024 124,614 -16.4% 1,669,251 1,673,886 0.3%
Home 61,738 62,543 1.3% 616,282 677,991 10.0%
Export 87,286 62,071 -28.9% 1,052,969 995,895 -5.4%
% export 58.6% 49.8%   63.1% 59.5%  

Original source: SMMT

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