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Motor Industry Continues to get Greener

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), has today published Motor Industry Facts 2009 – the pocket guide to the motor industry. The booklet covers the full vehicle life cycle, with the usual sections dedicated to registration and production statistics but this year it also includes information on eco innovations and greener driving as well as end of life vehicles and can be downloaded from the SMMT homepage

“The UK motor industry is of strategic national importance and despite the current economic conditions remains strong and resilient,” commented Paul Everitt, launching the guide. “There will be great opportunities for the UK industry as growth returns to the global automotive market. Maintaining investment in new technologies and products will be the key to success in the years ahead.”

Based on 2008 market data, some key facts from Motor Industry Facts 2009 show:

Manufacturing facts

ˇ         Automotive manufacturing took a 66.7% share of total transport manufacturing turnover and accounts for 11.1% of total UK exports.

ˇ         UK automotive manufacturing supplies over 100 markets worldwide and supports over 800,000 jobs.

ˇ         There are 32 key manufacturing sites in the UK producing buses, coaches, cars, commercial vehicles and engines.

Production facts

ˇ         The UK is the fourth largest vehicle producer in Europe and is home to some of the most productive vehicle plants.

ˇ         In 2008, 78% of all cars and 62% of commercial vehicles produced in the UK were exported generating significant revenue for UK plc.

ˇ         Over three million engines were manufactured in 2008 – 1.75 million from Ford alone.

Registration facts

ˇ         Total car registrations in 2008 stood at 2,131,795 and commercial vehicles 351,384.

ˇ         The mini and supermini segments were the only ones to see a rise in their market share in 2008, despite a fall in overall volumes.

ˇ         The diesel share rose in each of the nine vehicle segments in 2008 compared with 2009.

ˇ         The best selling used car in 2008 was the Vauxhall Astra – the Fiesta was second.

ˇ         The UK’s favourite colour was silver in 2008 compared to red in 1998.

Environmental facts

ˇ         Average new car CO
emissions fell at the fastest ever rate in 2008 to 158g/km.

ˇ         All vehicle segments have reduced the average tailpipe CO
emissions in the past year.

ˇ         Manufacturers continue to invest in new technologies to continue to reduce the environmental impact of their products.