Car manufacturing

UK car production rose 31.6% in July to mark the sixth consecutive month of growth, according to the latest figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

76,451 units rolled off factory lines as UK car makers continued their recovery from recent difficulties, notably global chip shortages, to deliver the latest models to buyers at home and overseas. Despite this growth, however, output remained -29.4% lower than pre-pandemic July 2019.

Production of hybrid electric (HEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) produced combined volumes of 73.9% to 30,180 units and representing almost two in every five (39.5%) cars made in July. Since January, UK car makers have now turned out more than 200,000 of these vehicles, almost double the amount produced in the same period last year, and a total of 526,619 cars overall, an increase of 14.2% year-on-year.

Commercial Vehicle manufacturing

Commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing output grew 9.3% in July to reach 8,853 units. The industry enjoyed its busiest July since 2015, while year to date production is up by 68.0% on pre-pandemic levels.

Following four consecutive months of growth, commercial vehicle production year to date is now up by 15.0% on the same period in 2022, with 67,528 units produced so far, continuing the sector’s best year for output since 2011.