|Nissan Juke assembly Sunderland|
It may push the UK past France to become third largest car maker. As it happens I find this quite irrelevant, for two reasons. One is that France makes many commercial vehicles, while Britain's CV production is poor and getting more so. The second is car making countries don't actually compete against each other in some sort of numbers game anyway. What it does show is that the UK has benefitted from a flexible workforce environment.
|Jaguar assembly Castle Bromwich, Birmingham|
Below are the numbers which as mentioned are provisional. The Bentley one is a guess, but not far off the mark I am sure.
|Nissan||501,756||510,572||-2%||2nd best ever|
|Land Rover||340,290||305,467||11%||Best ever|
|Toyota||179,245||109,429||64%||Best since 2008|
|MINI||174,948||207,530||-16%||Worst since 2003|
|Jaguar||78,562||55,916||41%||Best since 2005|
|Vauxhall||73,502||90,187||-19%||Worst since 1981|
|Bentley||10,000||9,108||10%||Maybe best ever|
|Total||1,509,762||1,464,906||3%||Best since 2007|
Summary: Overall good, but a mixed bag. GM's European sales volume rationalisation affected Vauxhall. The new MINI for 2014 slowed production at Cowley, Oxford. Land Rover just goes from best year to best year. Jaguar is an a roll and Toyota benefitted from the Auris and it's hybrid option. With new models coming, we can expect 2014 to be higher again for car making in the UK. Good news for Europe.
|Land Rover production site at Halewood, c. Liverpool|