28 July 2014

Car Production UK By Model : 2013

The 2014 Qashqai. In US parlance it's a home run

Car production in the UK flies under the radar for many even in it's home nation. With few local brand names to identify with, and most British too apathetic to bother finding out about it, many are unaware of it's success. That reality of that is shown in production figures, where exports account for about 80% of the total and penetration of locally made cars in the UK market is less than 13%! Nice for the German and other car makers who benefit from such ignorance.

The third generation is here!
Below is a list of production, with 5,000 being the cut off. The Range Rover and Range Rover Sport combined is an accurate figure, but I have allocated production to each model by calculated estimate based on sales. Figures are rounded for clarity to the nearest hundred.

1 Nissan Qashqai 286,500 New Model in 2014
2 BMW MINI 175,000 New Model in 2014
3 Nissan Juke 148,000 Refreshed model in 2014
4 Toyota Auris 142,600 Hybrid and Tourer hot
5 Land Rover Evoque 127,300 Popular as ever
6 GM Vaux Astra 73,500 New model in 2015
7 Honda CRV 72,000 Solid performer
8 Land Rover RR Sport 59,000 New model in demand
9 Nissan Note 58,900 New model selling well
10 Land Rover Freelander 57,600 Still selling well
11 Jaguar XF 47,300 Keeps on going strongly
12 Land Rover Range Rover 45,100 Very sought after
13 Land Rover Discovery 42,900 Has a loyal following
14 Honda Civic 41,800 New Tourer now selling
15 Toyota Avensis 36,700 Where to from here?
16 Honda Jazz 25,000 UK production to end?
17 Jaguar XJ 18,900 Production up in 2013
18 Bentley Continental 10,000 A record year
19 Jaguar F-Type 9,500 Not a full year. Hot!!
20 Nissan Leaf 8,400 Really taking off
21 Land Rover Defender 8,400 Don't stop making them!

Success stories: 

Nissan is a stand out of what a well run company can do. It has used it's UK operation to spearhead an effective approach to Europe. 

Jaguar and Land Rover also have been well run with a 'hands off' approach by Tata. Production is commencing in China and soon in Brazil for LR, but that should have little effect on UK production.

Bentley numbers are small, but they are really good. 2014 will be similar to 2013 in production volume. The SUV will take Bentley to the next level. 

For goodness sake, throw me the keys someone

Room for improvement: 

Toyota is doing well with the Auris (Corolla really) but the Avensis segment isn't going well. Another model is needed, but it seems it will take a new direction when it arrives. 

Honda have models that are unique to Europe in the Civic Hatch and Tourer. It needs to get them out into the world.

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