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The North West Automotive Industry

The strength of the automotive sector in the North West lies in its diversity, ranging from volume car manufacturers, including prestige brands, to niche vehicle and truck manufacturers.

The North West automotive cluster directly generates some £9bn of the total UK automotive manufacturing economy which relates to approximately 12% of the UK total, placing it as the second most significant region for automotive manufacture in the UK.

Employment in the North West automotive cluster is currently estimated to be approximately 16,200.

There are four global vehicle manufacturers located in the region: Bentley Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Leyland Trucks and Vauxhall Motors.

North West Vehicle Production Volumes

Bentley, Crewe
Continental: 9,408
Mulsanne: 1,088

General Motors, Ellesmere Port
Vauxhall Astra: 73,466

Land Rover, Halewood
Freelander: 57,618
Evoque: 127,302

Leyland Trucks, Leyland
Leyland Trucks: 15,400

(2013 figures; source: BIS)

The UK automotive industry – by numbers

In 2013:

  • 1,509,762 cars built
  • 87,671 commercial vehicles built
  • 2,553,316 engines built
  • 2,264,737 new cars registered
  • UK automotive turnover: £60.2bn
  • 1,249,305 vehicles exported
  • Number of people employed in automotive manufacturing: 135,000
  • 100+ countries worldwide importing UK-built vehicles
  • 9 out of the top 10 global suppliers have a UK base
  • 80% of the components of a vehicle can be made in the UK
  • 30m+ vehicles currently on UK roads
  • £1.7bn invested in automotive R&D in the UK

Source: SMMT, ONS, BIS

The UK is home to:

  • 7 mainstream car manufacturers
  • 8 major premium and sports car manufacturers
  • 7 commercial vehicle manufacturers
  • 9 bus and coach manufacturers
  • 8/11 Formula 1 teams
  • 13 R&D centres
  • 100+ specialist and niche manufacturers

Source: SMMT

Investing in England's North West - European Regional Development Fund
Partners Department for Business Innovation and Skills Finance Birmingham