Second British Invasion for U.S. car buyers

Strong increase in British cars/SUVs sold in the USA in 2017

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Car buyers in the U.S. are increasingly choosing to buy cars and SUVs built in Britain.

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) data shows almost 210,000 U.S. buyers chose a UK-made car last year, that figure a full 7% up on the year prior.

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The UK car manufacturing industry, which involves brands such as Jaguar, Land Rover, Honda, and Nissan, screwed together a total of 1,671,166 vehicles last year.

That figure was down 3% on the 2016 record total but still the second highest output since the turn of the century.

Just under 80% of the cars and SUVs manufactured in the UK last year were shipped overseas to 160 markets, including Australia and the U.S.

In our market last year, VFACTS data shows demand for cars built in the UK was steady with 35,441 total sales (-0.4%).

Sales were up strongly in Japan (+25.4%), China (+19.7%) and Canada (+19.5%).

However, the U.S. remained the UK’s biggest individual customer, with American drivers buying more British-built cars than those in any other single country.

In 2017, 209,946 cars left British production lines destined for U.S. roads, with the country boosting its share of UK exports to 15.7% – up from 14.5% in 2016.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, tells us the figures show just how important car manufacturing is to Britain.

“World class engineering and products, a supportive government and massive investment have helped establish the UK as one of the most productive and innovative places in the world to develop and build cars.

“It is vital that we maintain open trade links with the U.S., as well as our EU partners, for the benefit of consumers and our respective industries and economies.”

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What a shame we can’t bring you such positive news about the Australian car manufacturing industry!

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