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Flash report, September 2019

1 Nov. 2019

*There are cases where recently released data and detailed information in the database do not match up for reasons including different information sources, and discrepancies between preliminary reports and confirmed data.


UK vehicle production decrease 4.3% to 129,576 units in September
On October 31, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) announced that the number of UK vehicle production for September decreased 4.3% over the previous year to 129,576 units. Passenger car production was down 3.8% to 122,256 units and commercial vehicle production was down 11.7% to 7,320 units year over year (y/y). Production of engines was down by 1.9% to 220,770 units.
Vehicle exports decreased 2.4% (y/y) to 103,015 units and domestic sales decreased 10.9% (y/y) to 26,561 units. The percentage of export was 79.5%.
In the first nine months of 2019, total vehicle production decreased 15.5% (y/y) to 1,042,211 units. The passenger car production was down 15.6% to 989,174 units, commercial vehicle was down 13.2% to 53,037 units and engines were down 7.4% to 1,909,751 units.
Mike Hawes, CEO of SMMT said "Another bitterly disappointing month reflects domestic and international market contraction. Most worrying of all though is the continued threat of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, something which has caused international investment to stall and cost UK operations hundreds of millions of pounds, money that would have better been spent in meeting the technological challenges facing the global industry. A general election may ultimately provide some certainty, but does not yet remove the spectre of no deal which will continue to inhibit the UK industry’s prospects unless we can agree and implement a new, ambitious and permanent relationship that safeguards free and frictionless trade."

UK vehicle production figures
   Sep. 2019 Jan.-Sep. 2019
Passenger Cars Commercial Vehicles Total Engine Passenger Cars Commercial Vehicles Total Engine
Total 122,256 7,320 129,576 220,770 989,174 53,037 1,042,211 1,909,751
Y-o-Y(%) -3.8% -11.7% -4.3% -1.9% -15.6% -13.2% -15.5% -7.4%
Breakdown Export 98,135 4,880 103,015 135,626 791,769 30,997 822,766 1,209,652
Y-o-Y(%) -3.4% 25.4% -2.4% -2.4% -16.8% -19.4% -16.9% -4.5%
% of Total 80.3% 66.7% 79.5% 61.4% 80.0% 58.4% 78.9% 63.3%
Sales 24,121 2,440 26,561 85,144 197,405 22,040 219,445 700,099
Y-o-Y(%) -5.1% -44.5% -10.9% -1.1% -10.4% -2.6% -9.7% -12.0%
% of Total 19.7% 33.3% 20.5% 38.6% 20.0% 41.6% 21.1% 36.7%
Source:Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)



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Flash report, August 2019

27 Sep. 2019

*There are cases where recently released data and detailed information in the database do not match up for reasons including different information sources, and discrepancies between preliminary reports and confirmed data.


UK vehicle production increase 5.1% to 97,702 units in August
On September 26, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) announced that the number of UK vehicle production for August increased 5.1% over the previous year to 97,702 units. Passenger car production was up 3.3% to 92,158 units and commercial vehicle production was up 47.9% to 5,544 units year over year (y/y). Production of engines was up by 7.6% to 163,433 units.
Vehicle exports increased 2.6% (y/y) to 77,045 units and domestic sales increased 15.4% (y/y) to 20,657 units. The percentage of export was 78.9%.
In the first eight months of 2019, total vehicle production decreased 16.9% (y/y) to 912,635 units. The passenger car production was down 17.0% to 866,918 units, commercial vehicle was down 13.4% to 45,717 units and engines were down 8.1% to 1,688,981 units.
Mike Hawes, CEO of SMMT said "While growth is always welcome, today’s figures mask the underlying downward trend and strengthening global headwinds facing the sector, including international trade tensions, massive technological upheaval and, in the UK, political and economic uncertainty. Softening of global demand is compounding the challenge to UK manufacturers for whom a ‘no deal’ Brexit would be a hammer blow. The mere threat of no deal has undermined investment and the potential imposition of tariffs, border delays and additional administrative burdens would damage competitiveness. We now need parliament and government to redouble efforts to get a deal that maintains free and frictionless trade. Given the ongoing challenges and costs being incurred, there is not a moment to lose."

UK vehicle production figures
   Aug. 2019 Jan.-Aug. 2019
Passenger Cars Commercial Vehicles Total Engine Passenger Cars Commercial Vehicles Total Engine
Total 92,158 5,544 97,702 163,433 866,918 45,717 912,635 1,688,981
Y-o-Y(%) 3.3% 47.9% 5.1% 7.6% -17.0% -13.4% -16.9% -8.1%
Breakdown Export 73,433 3,612 77,045 103,141 693,622 26,117 719,739 1,074,026
Y-o-Y(%) 0.6% 71.9% 2.6% 5.8% -18.4% -24.5% -18.6% -4.8%
% of Total 79.7% 65.2% 78.9% 63.1% 80.0% 57.1% 78.9% 63.6%
Sales 18,725 1,932 20,657 60,292 173,296 19,600 192,896 614,955
Y-o-Y(%) 15.2% 17.3% 15.4% 10.9% -11.1% 7.5% -9.5% -13.3%
% of Total 20.3% 34.8% 21.1% 36.9% 20.0% 42.9% 21.1% 36.4%
Source:Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)



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Flash report, July 2019

30 Aug. 2019

*There are cases where recently released data and detailed information in the database do not match up for reasons including different information sources, and discrepancies between preliminary reports and confirmed data.


UK vehicle production decrease 11.8% to 113,282 units in July
On August 29, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) announced that the number of UK vehicle production for July decreased 11.8% over the previous year to 113,282 units. Passenger car production was down 10.6% to 108,239 units and commercial vehicle production was down 31.2% to 5,043 units year over year (y/y). Production of engines was up by 0.6% to 196,142 units.
Vehicle exports decreased 15.6% (y/y) to 89,628 units and domestic sales increased 6.9% (y/y) to 23,654 units. The percentage of export was 79.1%.
In the first seven months of 2019, total vehicle production decreased 18.9% (y/y) to 814,933 units. The passenger car production was down 18.9% to 774,760 units, commercial vehicle was down 18.1% to 40,173 units and engines were down 9.5% to 1,525,548 units.
Mike Hawes, CEO of SMMT said "Another month of decline for UK car manufacturing is a serious concern. The sector is overwhelmingly reliant on exports and the global headwinds are strong, with escalating trade tensions, softening demand and significant technological change. With the UK market also weak, the importance of maintaining the UK’s global competitiveness has never been more important so we need a Brexit deal - and quickly - to unlock investment and safeguard the long term future of a sector which has recently been such an international success story."

UK vehicle production figures
   Jul. 2019 Jan.-Jul. 2019
Passenger Cars Commercial Vehicles Total Engine Passenger Cars Commercial Vehicles Total Engine
Total 108,239 5,043 113,282 196,142 774,760 40,173 814,933 1,525,548
Y-o-Y(%) -10.6% -31.2% -11.8% 0.6% -18.9% -18.1% -18.9% -9.5%
Breakdown Export 86,858 2,770 89,628 116,555 620,179 22,505 642,684 970,885
Y-o-Y(%) -14.6% -39.8% -15.6% 4.0% -20.2% -30.7% -20.6% -5.8%
% of Total 80.2% 54.9% 79.1% 59.4% 80.0% 56.0% 78.9% 63.6%
Sales 21,381 2,273 23,654 79,587 154,581 17,668 172,249 554,663
Y-o-Y(%) 10.2% -16.8% 6.9% -4.0% -13.5% 6.5% -11.8% -15.3%
% of Total 19.8% 45.1% 20.9% 40.6% 20.0% 44.0% 21.1% 36.4%
Source:Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)



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Flash report, June 2019

1 Aug. 2019

*There are cases where recently released data and detailed information in the database do not match up for reasons including different information sources, and discrepancies between preliminary reports and confirmed data.


UK vehicle production decrease 17.6% to 112,571 units in June
On July 31, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) announced that the number of UK vehicle production for June decreased 17.6% over the previous year to 112,571 units. Passenger car production was down 15.2% to 109,226 units and commercial vehicle production was down 57.2% to 3,345 units year over year (y/y). Production of engines was down by 9.5% to 206,644 units.
Vehicle exports decreased 21.6% (y/y) to 92,418 units and domestic sales increased 7.5% (y/y) to 20,153 units. The percentage of export was 82.1%.
In the first half of 2019, total vehicle production decreased 19.9% (y/y) to 701,651 units. The passenger car production was down 20.1% to 666,521 units, commercial vehicle was down 15.8% to 35,130 units and engines were down 10.8% to 1,329,406 units.
Mike Hawes, CEO of SMMT said "Today’s figures are the result of global instability compounded by ongoing fear of ‘no deal’. This fear is causing investment to stall, as hundreds of millions of pounds are diverted to Brexit cliff-edge mitigation - money that would be better spent tackling technological and environmental challenges. The industry’s foundations are fundamentally strong, however, and we’re ready to work with the new government to build on these through the industrial strategy. We need an internationally competitive business environment to encourage more investment, more innovation and more growth. That starts with an ambitious Brexit deal that maintains frictionless trade and we look to the new administration to get a deal done quickly so manufacturers can get back to the business of building cars and helping deliver a brighter future for Britain."

UK vehicle production figures
   Jun. 2019 Jan.-Jun. 2019
Passenger Cars Commercial Vehicles Total Engine Passenger Cars Commercial Vehicles Total Engine
Total 109,226 3,345 112,571 206,644 666,521 35,130 701,651 1,329,406
Y-o-Y(%) -15.2% -57.2% -17.6% -9.5% -20.1% -15.8% -19.9% -10.8%
Breakdown Export 90,788 1,630 92,418 124,864 533,318 19,735 553,053 854,330
Y-o-Y(%) -19.8% -65.4% -21.6% -9.7% -21.0% -29.2% -21.3% -7.0%
% of Total 83.1% 48.7% 82.1% 60.4% 80.0% 56.2% 78.8% 64.3%
Sales 18,438 1,715 20,153 81,780 133,203 15,395 148,598 475,076
Y-o-Y(%) 17.8% -44.7% 7.5% -9.1% -16.4% 11.1% -14.2% -16.9%
% of Total 16.9% 51.3% 17.9% 39.6% 20.0% 43.8% 21.2% 35.7%
Source:Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)



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Flash report, May 2019

28 Jun. 2019

*There are cases where recently released data and detailed information in the database do not match up for reasons including different information sources, and discrepancies between preliminary reports and confirmed data.


UK vehicle production decrease 18.1% to 118,145 units in May
On June 27, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) announced that the number of UK vehicle production for May decreased 18.1% over the previous year to 118,145 units. Passenger car production was down 15.5% to 116,035 units and commercial vehicle production was down 69.9% to 2,110 units year over year (y/y). Production of engines was down by 10.1% to 223,314 units.
Vehicle exports down 15.7% (y/y) to 94,596 units and domestic sales decreased 26.5% (y/y) to 23,549 units. The percentage of export was 80.1%.
In the first five months of 2019, total vehicle production decreased 20.4% (y/y) to 589,080 units. The passenger car production was down 21.0% to 557,295 units, commercial vehicle was down 6.3% to 31,785 units and engines were down 11.0% to 1,122,762 units.
Mike Hawes, CEO of SMMT said "12 consecutive months of decline for UK car manufacturing is a serious concern and underlines yet again the importance of securing a Brexit deal quickly. The sector is facing multiple seismic challenges simultaneously: technological, environmental and economic. The ongoing political instability and uncertainty over our future overseas trade relationships, most notably with Europe, is not helping and, while the industry’s fundamentals remain strong, a brighter future is only possible if we secure a deal that can help us regain our reputation as an attractive location for automotive investment. No deal is not an option."

UK vehicle production figures
   May 2019 Jan.-May 2019
Passenger Cars Commercial Vehicles Total Engine Passenger Cars Commercial Vehicles Total Engine
Total 116,035 2,110 118,145 223,314 557,295 31,785 589,080 1,122,762
Y-o-Y(%) -15.5% -69.9% -18.1% -10.1% -21.0% -6.3% -20.4% -11.0%
Breakdown Export 93,855 741 94,596 136,590 442,525 17,893 460,418 729,466
Y-o-Y(%) -12.6% -84.8% -15.7% -11.5% -21.3% -22.7% -21.3% -6.5%
% of Total 80.9% 35.1% 80.1% 61.2% 79.4% 56.3% 78.2% 65.0%
Sales 22,180 1,369 23,549 86,724 114,770 13,892 128,662 393,296
Y-o-Y(%) -25.9% -35.6% -26.5% -7.8% -20.1% 29.2% -16.7% -18.4%
% of Total 19.1% 64.9% 19.9% 38.8% 20.6% 43.7% 21.8% 35.0%
Source:Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)



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Flash report, April 2019

31 May 2019

*There are cases where recently released data and detailed information in the database do not match up for reasons including different information sources, and discrepancies between preliminary reports and confirmed data.


UK vehicle production decrease 46.0% to 73,133 units in April
On May 30, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) announced that the number of UK vehicle production for April decreased 46.0% over the previous year to 73,133 units. Passenger car production was down 44.5% to 70,971 units and commercial vehicle production was down 70.9% to 2,162 units year over year (y/y). Production of engines was down by 23.4% to 177,925 units.
Vehicle exports down 46.9% (y/y) to 57,827 units and domestic sales decreased 42.3% (y/y) to 15,306 units. The percentage of export was 79.1%.
In the first four months of 2019, total vehicle production decreased 20.9% (y/y) to 470,935 units. The passenger car production was down 22.4% to 441,260 units, commercial vehicle was up 10.3% to 29,675 units and engines were down 11.2% to 899,448 units.
Mike Hawes, CEO of SMMT said "Today’s figures are evidence of the vast cost and upheaval Brexit uncertainty has already wrought on UK automotive manufacturing businesses and workers. Prolonged instability has done untold damage, with the fear of ‘no deal’ holding back progress, causing investment to stall, jobs to be lost and undermining our global reputation. This is why ‘no deal’ must be taken off the table immediately and permanently, so industry can get back to the business of delivering for the economy and keeping the UK at the forefront of the global technology race."

UK vehicle production figures

   Apr. 2019 Jan.-Apr. 2019
Passenger Cars Commercial Vehicles Total Engine Passenger Cars Commercial Vehicles Total Engine
Total 70,971 2,162 73,133 177,925 441,260 29,675 470,935 899,448
Y-o-Y(%) -44.5% -70.9% -46.0% -23.4% -22.4% 10.3% -20.9% -11.2%
Breakdown Export 57,302 525 57,827 126,460 348,657 17,152 365,809 592,876
Y-o-Y(%) -44.7% -89.9% -46.9% -12.8% -23.3% -6.2% -22.7% -5.2%
% of Total 80.7% 24.3% 79.1% 71.1% 79.0% 57.8% 77.7% 65.9%
Sales 13,669 1,637 15,306 51,465 92,603 12,523 105,126 306,572
Y-o-Y(%) -43.7% -27.1% -42.3% -41.1% -18.5% 45.1% -14.1% -21.0%
% of Total 19.3% 75.7% 20.9% 28.9% 21.0% 42.2% 22.3% 34.1%
Source:Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)



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Flash report, March 2019

2 May 2019

*There are cases where recently released data and detailed information in the database do not match up for reasons including different information sources, and discrepancies between preliminary reports and confirmed data.


UK vehicle production decrease 12.6% to 135,293 units in March
On April 30, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) announced that the number of UK vehicle production for March decreased 12.6% over the previous year to 135,293 units. Passenger car production was down 14.4% to 126,195 units and commercial vehicle production was up 24.5% to 9,098 units year over year (y/y). Production of engines was down by 6.3% to 244,201 units.
Vehicle exports down 12.6% (y/y) to 104,410 units and domestic sales decreased 12.6% (y/y) to 30,883 units. The percentage of export was 77.2%.
In the first quarter of 2019, total vehicle production decreased 13.5% (y/y) to 397,802 units. The passenger car production was down 15.9% to 370,289 units, commercial vehicle was up 41.2% to 27,513 units and engines were down 7.6% to 721,516 units.
Mike Hawes, CEO of SMMT said "Despite the extension, the Brexit clock is still ticking and a devastating ‘no deal’ remains a threat. Just a few years ago, industry was on track to produce two million cars by 2020 - a target now impossible with Britain’s reputation as stable and attractive business environment undermined. All parties must find a compromise urgently so we can set about repairing the damage and diverting energy and investment to the technological challenges that will define the future of the global industry."

UK vehicle production figures
   Mar. 2019 Jan.-Mar. 2019
Passenger Cars Commercial Vehicles Total Engine Passenger Cars Commercial Vehicles Total Engine
Total 126,195 9,098 135,293 244,201 370,289 27,513 397,802 721,516
Y-o-Y(%) -14.4% 24.5% -12.6% -6.3% -15.9% 41.2% -13.5% -7.6%
Breakdown Export 99,322 5,088 104,410 158,167 291,349 16,627 307,976 466,409
Y-o-Y(%) -13.4% 6.5% -12.6% -1.5% -17.0% 26.9% -15.4% -3.0%
% of Total 78.7% 55.9% 77.2% 64.8% 78.7% 60.4% 77.4% 64.6%
Sales 26,873 4,010 30,883 86,034 78,940 10,886 89,826 255,107
Y-o-Y(%) -18.1% 58.6% -12.6% -14.1% -11.7% 70.6% -6.2% -15.1%
% of Total 21.3% 44.1% 22.8% 35.2% 21.3% 39.6% 22.6% 35.4%
Source:Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)



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Flash report, February 2019

29 Mar. 2019

*There are cases where recently released data and detailed information in the database do not match up for reasons including different information sources, and discrepancies between preliminary reports and confirmed data.


UK vehicle production decrease 12.6% to 132,436 units in February
On March 28, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) announced that the number of UK vehicle production for February decreased 12.6% over the previous year to 132,436 units. Passenger car production was down 15.3% to 123,203 units and commercial vehicle production was up 53.5% to 9,233 units year over year (y/y). Production of engines was down by 7.0% to 235,595 units.
Vehicle exports down 14.0% (y/y) to 104,356 units and domestic sales decreased 6.9% (y/y) to 28,080 units. The percentage of export was 78.8%.
In the first two months of 2019, total vehicle production decreased 14.1% (y/y) to 262,267 units. The passenger car production was down 16.8% to 243,852 units, commercial vehicle was up 51.3% to 18,415 units and engines were down 8.3% to 477,322 units.
Mike Hawes, CEO of SMMT said "The ninth months of decline for UK car production should be a wakeup call for anyone who thinks this industry, already challenged by international trade hostilities, declining markets and technological disruption, could survive a ‘no deal’ Brexit without serious damage. A managed no deal is a fantasy. Uncertainty has already paralysed investment, cost jobs and damaged our global reputation. Business anxiety has now reached fever pitch and we desperately need parliament to come together to restore stability so that we can start to rebuild investor confidence and get back to the business of delivering for the economy."

UK vehicle production figures
   Feb. 2019 Jan.-Feb. 2019
Passenger Cars Commercial Vehicles Total Engine Passenger Cars Commercial Vehicles Total Engine
Total 123,203 9,233 132,436 235,595 243,852 18,415 262,267 477,322
Y-o-Y(%) -15.3% 53.5% -12.6% -7.0% -16.8% 51.3% -14.1% -8.3%
Breakdown Export 97,985 6,371 104,356 156,423 191,771 11,539 203,310 308,249
Y-o-Y(%) -16.4% 51.9% -14.0% -0.6% -18.9% 38.7% -16.9% -3.7%
% of Total 79.5% 69.0% 78.8% 66.4% 78.6% 62.7% 77.5% 64.6%
Sales 25,218 2,862 28,080 79,172 52,081 6,876 58,957 169,073
Y-o-Y(%) -11.0% 57.3% -6.9% -17.5% -8.0% 78.5% -2.4% -15.6%
% of Total 20.5% 31.0% 21.2% 33.6% 21.4% 37.3% 22.5% 35.4%
Source:Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)


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Flash report, January 2019

1 Mar. 2019

*There are cases where recently released data and detailed information in the database do not match up for reasons including different information sources, and discrepancies between preliminary reports and confirmed data.


UK vehicle production decrease 15.5% to 129,831 units in January
On February 28, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) announced that the number of UK vehicle production for January decreased 15.5% over the previous year to 129,831 units. Passenger car production was down 18.2% to 120,649 units and commercial vehicle production was up 49.1% to 9,182 units year over year (y/y). Production of engines was down by 9.5% to 241,727 units.
Vehicle exports down 19.8% (y/y) to 98,949 units and domestic sales increased 2.0% (y/y) to 30,882 units. The percentage of export was 76.2%.
Mike Hawes, CEO of SMMT said "Another month of decline is a serious concern. The industry faces myriad challenges, from falling demand in key markets, to escalating global trade tensions and the need to stay at the forefront of future technology. But, the clear and present danger remains the threat of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, which is monopolising time and resources, undermining competitiveness. Every day a ‘no deal’ Brexit remains a possibility is another day automotive companies pay the price in additional and potentially pointless costs. ‘No deal’ must be taken off the table immediately and permanently."

UK vehicle production figures

   Jan. 2019
Passenger Cars Commercial Vehicles Total Engine
Total 120,649 9,182 129,831 241,727
Y-o-Y(%) -18.2% 49.1% -15.5% -9.5%
Breakdown Export 93,781 5,168 98,949 151,826
Y-o-Y(%) -21.4% 25.3% -19.8% -6.7%
% of Total 77.7% 56.3% 76.2% 62.8%
Sales 26,868 4,014 30,882 89,901
Y-o-Y(%) -4.8% 97.4% 2.0% -13.8%
% of Total 22.3% 43.7% 23.8% 37.2%

Source:Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)




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