Car production rises 3.5% in first half of 2014

A worker at the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars factory in Goodwood, near Chichester.
A worker at the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars factory in Goodwood, near Chichester


It has been a robust first half of 2014 for UK car manufacturing, with volumes up 3.5% to 791,314 units

June output has risen 3.7% to 136,419 cars, driven by 16.5% growth in production for UK market.

The UK industry benefits from raft of new model introductions, with more anticipated in coming months

Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said: “UK car production continued its steady growth in June, leading to a first half-year increase of 3.5%.

“With several manufacturers having started assembly of new models this year and billions of pounds of investment still to reach production fruition, this is an exciting time for the UK automotive sector. However, with this growth comes a need to bolster the domestic supply chain and address major skills shortages; both of which the UK industry is committed to addressing.”