Magnificent 7 year high for UK car production

Published Date: 23rd Jan 2015

Car Factories here in the UK built more than 1.5 million vehicles in 2014, the highest number since 2007.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said that demand for premium brands, such as Jaguar Land Rover, had helped boost annual sales by an overall 1.2%. However, for the second year running, the number of vehicles exported fell.

A car was produced every 20 seconds in 2014.

Mike Hawes, the SMMT's chief executive, explained: "Placed in context, a 1.2% growth in UK car manufacturing in 2014 represents a very successful year".

"The industry has overcome various challenges, including slower than expected EU recovery and weakness in some global markets."

He added "the popularity of premium and specialist brands around the world meant that the overall value of car exports had doubled between 2005 and 2014". He commented that "more than £7bn of investment into UK production facilities had been announced in the past two years".


The flagship Nissan factory in Sunderland built the produced the most vehicles by any British-based car maker, with 500,238 rolling off the production line in the north-east. The rest of the big figures were:


449,507 vehicles produced at Jaguar Land Rover's plants in Castle Bromwich, Halewood and Solihull

                       jaguar xj attched to side of building


178,993 at the Mini site at Cowley, Oxford

                       mini cooper infront of mini factory billboard


172,215 by Toyota at Burnaston, Derby

                       toyota factory


121,799 for Honda at Swindon

                       honda swindon factory


77,836 by Vauxhall at Ellesmere Port

                       vauxhall ellesmere port factory


John Moylan, BBC’s industry correspondent had this to say on the matter;

"The government says the car industry has been one of the driving forces behind the economic recovery. That can be seen in places like Halewood, on Merseyside, where production of Jaguar Land Rover's Discovery Sport is ramping up this week. The new model is the result of £200m of investment. Employment at the plant has almost tripled in recent years. But while overall car production is up, the 1.5 million figure was still short of industry forecasts. The volumes coming out of Honda and Toyota's plants fell. And the industry's strategy of exporting most of what it makes was hit by economic headwinds in Russia and mainland Europe.

However, new models are now coming off assembly lines at Nissan, Mini and Jaguar Land Rover. Vauxhall is also expected to start production of the new Astra at Ellesmere Port later this year. So, the SMMT expects the number of UK built new cars to soar in the coming years and break the all time car production record - set back in the 70's - by 2017".