The UK car industry is staging something of a comeback. According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) more than 1.5 million vehicles were built in the UK in 2014, the highest number since 2007 and a 1.2% increase on the previous year. Quick tap of the calculator and that works out at one car rolling off the production line every 20 seconds in 2014 with premium brands such as Jaguar and Land Rover leading the way. Out of the British based manufacturers, Nissan’s facility in Sunderland was top of the pops after churning out 500,238 vehicles closely followed by Jaguar Land Rover’s Castle Bromwich, Halewood and Solihull plants which combined accounted for 449,507 while 178,993 minis came out of Cowley, Oxford.
With new models starting to come off the lines in the UK plants of Nissan, Mini and Jaguar Land Rover and Vauxhall, the SMMT expects the renaissance in UK car production to continue and even to break the all time record set in the 1970s by 2017. All these new cars do not get built on their own and as a result the car industry has played its part in the UK economic recovery in recent years. For example employment at the Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood plant in Merseyside has almost tripled in a matter of years. And that’s not it, all this growth has seen £7bn invested in the UK economy in the last two years, specifically car production facilities. Va va voom!