UK car production rose 11.7% in the first half of the year to 450,168 units with June – up 16.2% – the fifth consecutive month of growth, according to the latest figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
Since January, factories have produced an additional 47,037 units, the uplift having been driven by exports which have surged 13.6% to 359,940 units, representing eight-in-ten cars made. Volumes for the UK are up too, rising 4.5% to 90,228 units. However, year-to-date output remains -32.5% below 2019 levels.
UK commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing grew 16.0% in the first six months of the year, with 58,675 units, the third consecutive month of growth.
First half year production was 67.0% up on pre-pandemic 2019 volumes, with growth driven by overseas demand, exports of the latest British-built CVs rising 26.7% compared to the same period last year, at 37,803 units.