More British drivers now buying UK cars

More British drivers now buying UK cars 27th April 2015

British drivers are helping to increase the number of vehicles that have been made in the UK, according to new statistics, which have shown that appetite for British vehicles is on the rise. 

The news will be welcome for the British government, after chancellor George Osborne pledged to do more to create an increased number of jobs and boost production at British car manufacturing plants in his March budget. 

According to the latest findings published this week by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the number of cars that were built in the UK for the British market climbed by 24.5 per cent in the 12 months to the end of March 2015. 

And month on month between February and March, the volume of cars built for the British market climbed by 1.9 per cent to almost 145,000. It meant that March was the busiest month for British car manufacturers for more than nine years. 

Mike Hawes, chief executive of the SMMT, said that the British market is becoming "increasingly competitive", in spite of the fact there have been fewer exports in the last few months. The sheer volume of cars being sold in the UK that were also built here means that the market continues to grow. 

In fact, in the four years between 2010 and 2014, the volume of cars produced per employee climbed impressively. There were some 9.3 cars made per worker per year between 2005 and 2009, but this increased to 11.5 cars per employee per year between 2010 and 2014. 

The SMMT believes that an increase in investment moving forward, buoyed by the government's pledge of £1 billion to be spent on three UK-based car manufacturers, should help to increase this health further. 

Posted by Danielle Barge