Great news for anyone in the car industry… UK car production has hit a seven-year high. UK car plants have produced more than 1.5 million vehicles in 2014, the highest number of vehicles produced since 2007. 108,000 vehicles were produced in December 2014 alone, which has been the strongest December in a decade, according to ITV News.
The UK car manufacturing sector grew by 1.2% in 2014, which is considered a very successful year.
According to the BBC, The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) chief executive, Mike Hawes, said: “The industry has overcome various challenges, including slower than expected EU recovery and weakness in some global markets.”
Business Secretary, Vince Cable said: “From Sunderland to Goodwood, Britain is turning out cars that are in demand all around the world. The UK’s automotive industry is thriving with a new car rolling off the production line every 20 seconds, while increasing levels of investment are helping to secure local jobs.”
Some interesting facts foryou, Nissan’s factory in Sunderland was the British-based manufacturer that built the most cars, producing 500,238 cars. The other manufacturers who has a very successful year were:
- Jaguar Land Rover – Castle Bromwich, Halewood and Solihull plants produced 449,507 vehicles.
- Mini – Cowley, Oxford plant produced 178,993 vehicles.
- Toyota – Burnaston, Derby plant produced 172,215 vehicles.
- Honda – Swindon plant produced 121,799 vehicles.
- Vauxhall – Ellesmere Port plat produced 77,836 vehicles.