26 August 2018

UK Net Importing : 2016-17

The UK has been a net importer of cars for many decades. There are a number of brands that are contributors and we can see this below. It only compares the past two years but if you want to see earlier years, simply click in the dates 2014-15, 2013-14, 1990-2011.

Getting back to the present, we see the UK's net imports dropped from 970,000 to 870,000, from -36.0% to 34.2% when comparing prodution to sales. That is the lowest net negative since 2013. Nissan is the best of the brands with a export surplus of 317,000, closely followed by Land Rover with 312,000.

The new 2019 Auris to be made in the UK

Honda gained well thanks to the Civic, passing both Toyota and Jaguar that both had falls. The Avensis is to be dropped from the Toyota, with a new Auris (Corolla) becoming the sole model made (see above).

The chart below is in thousands so please add 000. ‘Prod’ equals numbers made, ‘UK’ shows sales within the country, and ‘Export’ is the difference of the first two, therefore the net difference.

2016 Prod UK Export
2017 Prod UK Export
Nissan 475 153 322
Nissan 468 151 317
Land Rover 372 80 292
Land Rover 395 83 312
Mini 211 69 142
Mini 219 68 151
Jaguar 173 35 138
Honda 164 54 110
Toyota 180 97 83
Jaguar 137 36 101
Honda 134 59 75
Toyota 144 102 42
Infiniti 33 3 30
Infiniti 27 4 23
Bentley 12 2 10
Bentley 10 2 8
Vauxhall 118 251 -133
Vauxhall 92 195 -103
Rest 15 1,944 -1,929
Rest 15 1,846 -1,831
Total 1,723 2,693 -970
Total 1,671 2,541 -870
Net Importer
-36.0
Net Importer
-34.2

Car manufacturing is complex and companies try to keep factories running as close to capacity as possible. Models that are close to being replaced inevitably drop off and decisions to move production from one factory to another has dramatic changes in volumes.

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