Record global demand for British cars

Written by Ellie

New figures have highlighted record levels of international demand for British-made vehicles during recent months.

Data provided by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has shown how a record 1.7 million vehicles were built in the UK in 2016, marking an annual upturn in manufacturing output of 8.5 per cent for the full year.

At the same time, the export of vehicles rose to 1.35 million cars shipped worldwide last year, with two-thirds of this number heading to European buyers.

Responding to these impressive statistics, SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes commented: "The tremendous growth in UK production is testament to the global competitiveness of the UK automotive sector.

"High-class engineering, advanced technology and a workforce committed to quality have helped turn around the industry, making the UK among the most productive places in Europe to make cars."

He went on to note that significant investment in automotive manufacturing continues to take place across the country at present and therefore the future looks bright for the sector.

Natalie Brinkley, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, adds: "These impressive and welcome statistics make for excellent reading and mean the UK's automotive strength continues to rise, even at a time of considerable economic and political uncertainty in the face of Brexit."

Posted on 26th January 2017

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