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UK Motor Industry Bucks The Trend


Demonstrating its resilience in the face of our economic woes, the British automotive sector has had a good year. It is amazing to think that the UK actually has no less than seven volume car makers, eight commercial manufacturers and eight Formula 1 teams resident. We are the second biggest vehicle market in Europe and have produced ten per cent more vehicles than last year.

So whilst the British media like to concentrate on – and hype up – all our problems, they have remained fairly tight-lipped about this industrial success story that continues to provide many jobs as Nissan in Sunderland have proved.

It doesn’t stop there because UK car makers are doing their bit for the environment by continually reducing emissions which are down 3.5% in just one year. The average is now a sweet smelling 133.2g/km. In fact, in the last ten years emissions are down by 23% in total. It has become obvious that fuel efficiency, new types of vehicles and some exceptionally good deals especially in the city car and supermini sectors, have driven this growth in the industry.

There are plenty more new models in the pipeline and, in 2013, more electric cars will join the fray – despite the public’s reservations – and the number of hybrids continues to rise. Cars are offering increasingly sophisticated safety features as the lists of options available grows and grows. Cars are now seen as lifestyle choices rather than just playthings or transport.

In 2013 new car registrations are expected to top two million units. This is because the industry has invested a not insignificant £6 billion in just two years. Overseas sales account for as much as ten per cent of British exports and the net value-added to the UK economy is some £12 billion, so at least someone is paying their taxes.

The continued popularity of the automobile worldwide can be judged by the content at the North American International Motor Show in Detroit in January 2013. Manufacturers have committed to unveiling some 50 new models either for worldwide or North American distribution. That’s great for the global auto industry and great for new car byuers. The choice has never been better.

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