24 August 2013

GM Car Production UK: 1996 - 2012

Looking at a list like this, you can see how GM Europe operates, that is with short term policies. GM Vauxhall is a popular brand in the UK, but GM decided to cut back to one model by 2005. I struggle to see how consistent profit can be made, with model cycles as they are, even with flexible labour options in the UK. By that I mean not too hard to lay workers off.

Still, GM knows it needs a manufacturing presence in the UK with the loyalty UK buyers show it's cars and therefore the importance of the UK to GM Europe.

Below we see the Astra as the stable element in the time from '96, with the Vectra a valauble contributor to production numbers when it was made at Luton. The Frontera SUV was solid if unspectacular and the Speedster was made by Lotus for GM.


Yr Total Astra Vectra Frontera Speedst

96 297,700 112,400 155,800 29,500 -

97 284,500 102,000 157,500 25,000 -

98 277,300 98,200 154,500 24,600 -

99 339,000 154,700 145,600 38,700 -

00 290,800 154,100 103,100 33,500 100

01 193,700 132,300 51,400 7,000 3,000

02 138,500 48,300 75,300 13,000 1,900

03 133,600 30,300 92,600 9,500 1,200

04 146,900 126,000 20,400 - 500

05 189,400 189,200 - - 200

06 143,700 143,700 - - -

07 115,500 115,500 - - -

08 102,500 102,500 - - -

09 76,700 76,700 - - -

10 102,700 102,700 - - -

11 138,000 138,000 - - -

12 90,200 90,200 - - -

Av 180,041 112,753 106,244 22,600 1,150

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