Engine manufacturing for UK models has risen nearly 9%, according to the SMMT.
But exports dipped almost 8% and Mike Hawes SMMT ceo said, “Manufacturers need stability and economic certainty in order to remain globally competitive, and that means agreeing an ambitious free trade agreement with the European Union that safeguards the many thousands of jobs that depend on UK Automotive.”
Light van production dipped almost 11% last month.
However the 8,202 units contrasted with the unusually high production 12 months earlier to beat beat tax changes.
The number of electric vehicle (EV) charge points at supermarkets has doubled in the last two years, according to data analysed by Zap-Map and the RAC.
Some 542 EV charger units were installed by supermarkets from the end of October 2017 to the end of 2019, taking the total on their sites to 1,115 – a growth of 95%.
Automotive care firm ProClean is expanding its range of services by joining forces with bodywork specialists, Paint Master UK.
ProClean, which provides in-house valeting and car detailing to dealerships across Shropshire and beyond, has said the merger with the Telford-based company will enable both businesses to expand and grow.
The post-Brexit economic outlook, developments in vehicle autonomy and the impact of the Government’s 2035 electric vehicle announcement will all be part of the Vehicle Remarketing Association’s next member meeting, taking place on 18 March at the offices of motor industry legal specialists Geldard’s in Derby.
Sam Watkins, chair of the VRA, which represents organisations that process 1.5m used cars and vans every year, said: “The old Chinese proverb about ‘May you live in interesting times’ seems to sum up the motor industry at the moment. There is so much change taking place against an economic backdrop that remains uncertain – despite a strong start to the year.
The UK Government is scaling up its support to the automotive industry by hosting more UK Pavilions than ever before at major trade exhibitions, helping British innovators to lead in the global race to reduce transport emissions.
Organised through the Advanced Propulsion Centre’s (APC) International Events Programme, the UK Pavilions are part of the wider Road to Zero Strategy which outlines ambitions of a carbon-free future.