UK car production at seven-year high, SMMT says

Mini plant in Cowley, Oxford Image copyright PA

UK car production hit a seven-year high in the first half of the year, the industry's trade body has said.

In total 793,642 cars were built between January and June, up by 0.3% on a year ago, The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said.

It marks the best half-year since 2008, and means three cars a minute were made in the period, the SMMT said.

In June, the number of cars made rose 5.4% on a year ago, with demand for exports driving the increase.

In contrast, demand for cars in the UK fell 7.1%.

Overall, production volumes have risen by more than 50% since 2009, the SMMT said.

It said new models and "significant" planned investments meant it expected the industry to continue to grow.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said the figures showed that the UK's investment in high-tech manufacturing had paid off.

"This success has been built on significant industry investment and has also relied on a positive relationship with government, essential if the industry is to maintain its international competitiveness," he added.

Car makers in the UK
Brands Factory locations Models
Aston Martin Gaydon DB9, Rapide, Virage, DBS and One-77
Bentley Crewe Continental, Flying Spur and Mulsanne
Honda Swindon Civic, CR-V and Jazz
Jaguar Land Rover Castle Bromwich, Solihull and Halewood Jaguar: F-Type, XE, XF, XJ, and XK.Land Rover: Defender, Discovery, Discovery Sport, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Evoque and Freelander.
Lotus Hethel Elise, Exige and Evora
McLaren Automotive Woking MP4-12C and P1
Mini Oxford Mini 3-Door Hatch, Mini 5-Door Hatch, Mini Convertible, Mini Clubman, Mini Coupé, and Mini Roadster
Morgan Malvern Aero, Aero Supersport, Aero Coupe, 4/4, Plus 4, Plus 8, Roadster, 4 Seater and 3 Wheeler
Nissan Sunderland Juke, Leaf, Note and Qashqai
Rolls-Royce Goodwood Ghost, Phantom and Wraith
Toyota Burnaston Auris and Avensis
Vauxhall Ellesmere Port Astra, Vivaro van and minibus range

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