JLR can mark 2015 down as a vintage year. Breaking records and rolling out big sellers such as the Discovery Sport has seen the hard work pay off by topping the UK car making charts.
Between its three manufacturing plants at Solihull, Halewood and Castle Bromwich, the carmaker produced 489,923 cars in 2015, a 9% increase on the previous year. When commercial vehicles are taken into account, the Defender mainly, the figure reaches more than 500,000.
Sunderland-based Japanese manufacturer Nissan dropped by 4.7% with 476,589 cars manufactured and was subsequently overtaken by JLR.
This caps off a record-busting year for JLR which has posted not only record UK growth in 2015, but US growth too, whilst being named the best place to work in Britain by Bloomberg (beating the likes of Harrods, Dyson and Sky).
Jaguar Land Rover's Executive Director of Manufacturing, Wolfgang Stadler, said: ‘Britain is the beating heart of our business, so becoming the country's largest vehicle manufacturer is a remarkable achievement, demonstrating our steadfast commitment to the UK manufacturing sector.
‘2015 was a challenging year for the industry against a backdrop of socio-economic instability, but it is a testament to our strong product range and dedicated team of employees that JaguarLand Rover has delivered year on year growth, with more exciting products to come.’
Demand for British-built cars is on the up, UK car making has reached a 10-year high, growing 3.9% on the previous year, with more cars being exported than ever before. 77.3% of cars built in the UK were exported with 1,227,881 vehicles leaving the UK to more than 100 different countries, a rise of 2.7% on 2014.
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive said: ‘Foreign demand for British-built cars has been strong, reaching record export levels in the past year. Achieving these hard-fought-for results is down to vital investment in the sector, world-class engineering and a committed and skilled UK workforce – one of the most productive in the world.’
Nice work, Great Britain!
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