UK car production up by almost a third last month
By David Wood | 31st August 2023
UK car production rose by almost a third last month compared to a year ago.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reported a 31.6% rise in output during July versus the same month in 2022.
It said the 76,451 vehicles made represented a sixth consecutive month of growth.
The figure was driven by production of high-tech hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles, Sky News reported..
They accounted for almost two in every five cars made in July.
Production for both the domestic and export markets rose, with 85% of the total being shipped overseas to destinations such as China, the US and EU nations.
The SMMT said the performance marked further progress in the industry's efforts to recover volumes in the wake of Covid-linked disruption, including global chip shortages.
While they are easing, plant closures and shifts towards electrified vehicles by manufacturers have also stunted the pace.
The SMMT has previously revealed research showing it could take five more years for a return to annual production of one million cars or more.
It expects UK factories to produce 860,000 cars this year, 11% higher than in 2022.
But a lack of domestic battery provision, high energy bills and the effects of higher inflation on household and business customers are still looming.
Those challenges come at a time when the clock is ticking in the UK to the 2030 ban on the sale of new cars powered by diesel and petrol.
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