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It's easy to look at statistics and make some bold claim based on insufficient thought or baseless prejudice. In fact, some of the things I read about the car industry is nothing but fake news. Even as a member of the public, a reasonable knowledge of the car industry exposes the lack of intellectual integrity of some.
So what is happening in the UK car industry regarding production? The recent overall scenario was growth until 2016, then accelerating decline since. We can see that in the charts below.
Reasons for passenger car reduction:
1) World vehicle sales have peaked and are now in decline.
2) Some unique issues with the UK industry.
They include Nissan pulling back on sales volume in the UK and Europe. JLR moving production offshore and LR facing diesel pressure. Toyota not replacing the Avensis. Honda basically giving up on Europe and winding down its oepration. Opel/Vauxhall being reshaped for a profitable future with lower volume.
3) UK public ignorance and apathy.
Many in the UK wouldn't know what the local car industry is, which models are even made there. Others couldn't care less whether it thrives or survives at all.
Those factors have sent the number of cars made into a negative slide. I have kept political reasons out because while they may impact in the future, for now it's had minimal impact. Such talk too often reflects political posturing and scare tactics designed to try and sway both public opinion and political decisions.
Jobs are being shed in the industry and it is expected that this will continue. Lower car demand, the changing use of personal transport and new directions for what the car will be are all having an effect. The figures above reflect the future of the industry, although the UK seems to be leading the way. Jolly decent of them.