As for the real UK car industry story, June was a mixed bag.
Cars were up 10.4% and 13.0% YTD, a solid result with some brands doing really well and carrying some doing less well. It's the strongest part of the industry at the minute. Rating: Modest but growing nicely.
Commercial vehicles were very poor, down 21.7% in June and -2.2% YTD. The loss of the Land Rover Defender has been a deleterious factor and now CV production in the UK mainly relies on just two volume producers, GM and Leyland DAF. Rating: Feeble.
Engine manufacturing is up 6.3% for June and +7.5% YTD. The home market is what is doing the business while exports look a bit soft. Rating: Strong.
Data source: SMMT