UK’s most productive car manufacturers in 2016 revealed
On top of the news that the UK car industry’s output has reached a 17-year high, a list has also been published to acknowledge the car manufacturers that rolled the most vehicles off their production lines in 2016.
1.7 million vehicles were manufactured across the UK in 2016, an 8.5% rise on the previous year. Let’s take a look at who were the key contributors to the encouraging growth in the UK car industry in the last 12 months:
1. Jaguar Land Rover (544,401 vehicles)
Almost one-third of all new vehicles made in Britain last year were Land Rovers or Jaguars. Interestingly, 80% of these new cars were exported abroad, which makes the case for a suitable free trade agreement with EU members extremely important during Brexit. Jaguar Land Rover has three prominent car plants across the West Midlands and in Liverpool.
2. Nissan (507,444 vehicles)
With more than half-a-million new vehicles churned out from its Sunderland manufacturing facility, Nissan’s Qashqai remains a firm favourite with families and the Juke and Leaf continue to blaze a trail for the eco-driving market.
3. Mini (201,972 vehicles)
One of the most quintessentially British car manufacturers of all time, Mini continues to reel off hundreds of thousands of its Mini Hatch models from its Oxford factory.
4. Honda (134,145 vehicles)
The UK Honda factory became the company’s first in the world to start manufacturing the latest Civic hatchback model. It is inevitable that these will be exported overseas in huge volume, so Honda will certainly play an influential role in maintaining export levels in 2017 and beyond.
5. Vauxhall (118,182 vehicles)
2016 was a watershed year for Vauxhall, with the manufacturer securing the European Car of the Year gong. With plans afoot to press on with its latest hatchback and Sports Tourer estate they too are in good shape to eclipse 2016 manufacturing levels in 2017.
A booming UK car industry is great news for businesses like ours at Southern Mobility Vehicles. We work closely with car manufacturers across the country to carefully source low mileage vehicles that are wheelchair accessible, economical and environmentally friendly. Each vehicle we sell comes with the manufacturers' remaining warranty or a six-month parts and labour warranty, giving our customers complete peace of mind.