03 March 2012

UK Net Car Importer


Most countries are 100% net car importers as they have no car manufacturing. Even some car making nations are still net importers due to the limited nature of production. The UK falls into that latter category. So by how much? Well, if you make local car sales 100%, then measure production against that you can find out. If production is half of domestic sales, then the figure is 50%. So we are not talking rocket science. Seeing as production is always below sales here, I will call it 'Nett Production Deficit' or NPD.

Below is the year, UK car production, the NPD figure, the best performing brand that year, and the amount that production exceeded that brand's local sales for the year:

1990 1,296,000 64.5% MGRover +146,000
1991 1,237,000 77.7% MGRover +143,000
1992 1,292,000 81.1% MGRover +138,000
1993 1,376,000 77.3% Nissan +157,000
1994 1,467,000 76.7% MGRover +170,000
1995 1,532,000 78.8% MGRover +162,000
1996 1,686,000 79.3% MGRover +177,000
1997 1,712,000 78.9% MGRover +200,000
1998 1,761,000 78.4% Nissan +188,000
1999 1,799,000 80.1% Nissan +176,000
2000 1,641,000 73.9% Nissan +243,000
2001 1,492,000 60.7% Nissan +190,000
2002 1,626,000 63.4% Nissan +196,000
2003 1,658,000 64.6% Nissan +226,000
2004 1,647,000 64.2% Nissan +230,000
2005 1,592,000 65.2% Nissan +228,000
2006 1,442,000 61.5% Nissan +232,000
2007 1,535,000 63.9% Nissan +287,000
2008 1,447,000 67.9% Nissan +321,000
2009 999,000 50.1% Nissan +258,000
2010 1,271,000 62.6% Nissan +333,000
2011 1,344,000 69.2% Nissan +384,000

In that period, 1999 was the highest production of 1.8m, In 1992 the UK got closest to overturning the NPD (81.1%). Nissan's monstrous 384k more cars exported than Nissans sold locally in 2011 must be an all time record net figure. Without Nissan's contribution, the UK NPD would have declined from 69.2% to 44.5%.

For those who enjoy an analysis such as this, I hope you liked it. There is so much more I could have added, but mercifully I didn't ;-0

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