A total of 127,952 cars were produced in the UK last month, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
That figure represents a 5.2 per cent increase year-on-year – with demand up by 7.3 per cent from the domestic market and 4.7 per cent from overseas. Exported models accounted for 81 per cent of overseas demand.
The news is a welcome boost for the car industry, after a terrible March saw production decline by 13.3 per cent. It’s also a world away from April 2017, when production fell by 19.8 per cent – due in part to a poorly timed Easter bank holiday as well as unusually high sales in March as customers timed purchases to avoid new VED regulations.
Production hasn’t entirely recovered however, and year-to-date manufacturing is still at a 3.9 per cent shortfall compared with 2017. So far, 568,378 cars have rolled off UK production lines in the first four months of the year. Domestic demand has fallen by 10.3 per cent, while exports fell slightly less at 2.2 per cent.
According to the SMMT, increased production at a number of UK facilities buoyed numbers, with several new and updated models now available, such as Nissan’s new Leaf.
Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “While April’s growth isn’t altogether surprising given the significant decline in output this time last year, it is good to see earlier planned investment into new models delivering results.”
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