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.
|Land Rover||372||80||292||Land Rover||395||83||312|
|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.