The full scope and scale of the UK motor industry has been highlighted with the publication of Motor Industry Facts 2012, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ (SMMT) annual pocket guide to the motor industry.
Read some of the key facts below, and click through to the SMMT website to download a copy of Motor Industry Facts 2012.
- On average, the UK produces 1.5 million cars and commercial vehicles and over 2.5 million engines. Of these, around 80% of vehicles and 70% of engines are sold overseas.
- UK automotive is a vital part of the UK economy and typically generates around £50 billion in annual turnover, delivering around £10 billion in net value-added to the economy.
- The automotive industry is the UK’s largest sector in terms of exports and generated £29 billion of export revenue for the UK in 2010. In a typical year, the sector exports to over 100 markets worldwide and accounts for around 11% of total UK exports.
- Average new car CO 2 emissions fell to a new low of 138.1g/km in 2011, and have fallen by over 20% in the last 10 years.