According to the latest figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), production of cars in the UK hit a 17 year high in 2o16. This means that the highest production was hit since 1999. Further figures indicate that the UK is the second biggest producer of premium cars after Germany and is in fact the third largest producer of cars in the whole of Europe.
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “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. Significant investment in new plants and products over the past few years has driven this growth, not a post-Brexit bounce. We want trade deals but they must be the right deals, not rushed deals. Failure to do so could damage UK automotive manufacturing beyond repair.”