Automotive News – Early July 2022

UK automotive manufacturing carbon footprint falls to lowest ever level

  • UK Automotive’s production carbon footprint shrinks to lowest level on record, as CO2 emissions fall -11.2% in 2021.
  • Industry greener and cleaner with less energy use and more sustainable energy sourcing.
  • Waste to landfill per vehicle falls to lowest ever level – down -96.2% on 1999.

The UK automotive industry’s production carbon footprint fell by -11.2% in 2021 compared with the previous year to reach its lowest level since records began, according to new research from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).


UK engine output rises for first time since June 2021

  • May engine production increases 12.3%, the first growth since June 2021.
  • Output for export grows 26.1% while production for the UK decreases marginally, by -2.1%.
  • Industry calls for measures to help alleviate energy costs, drive investment, and futureproof jobs and skills.


UK commercial vehicle production grows 26.5% in best May for a decade

  • British CV production rises 26.5% as industry records best May and year to date performance in a decade.
  • Growth driven by exports, up 91.6%, while production for UK declines -26.3% against significant economic headwinds.
  • May success brings fifth consecutive month of year-on-year increase, but action still needed to safeguard global competitiveness of UK production, particularly around energy costs.


First rise in 11 months for UK car production

  • UK car production up 13.3% in May, the first growth after 10 consecutive months of decline.
  • Battery electric car production more than doubles, increasing by 108.3%, with 4,525 built.
  • Sector calls for urgent action to mitigate £90 million uplift in energy costs and protect UK Automotive’s competitiveness as it transitions to a zero emissions future.

UK car production grew for the first time since June 2021 in May, up 13.3%, with 62,284 units leaving factory gates, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). This rise, which comes despite the closure of a major car plant last year, along with key model changeover at another, must, however, be viewed in context against May 2021, which was still suffering significantly from pandemic related headwinds. Indeed, output remains -46.3% below the pre-pandemic month in 2019, with ongoing supply chain issues, increasing economic uncertainty, rising business costs and disruption caused by the war in Ukraine.


June marks sixth month of decline for van market as supply chain shortages hold market back

  • UK van market declines -23.0% in June, ending a challenging first half with registrations down in every month of the year.
  • Electric van uptake increases 52.4% year-on-year – but still represents only one in 13 new vans joining Britain’s roads.
  • Industry calls for action on charging infrastructure to boost uptake of the latest, greenest vans ahead of looming zero emission deadlines.

The UK new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market declined for the sixth consecutive month in June, falling – 23.0% to 20,449 units and rounding off a challenging first half of the year.

According to the latest figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), some 144,384 new vans, pickups and 4x4s were registered in the first six months of 2022, down by almost a quarter (-24.6%) compared with the same period last year, amid the ongoing global supply chain shortages, most obviously of semiconductors.


Supply shortages shackle new car market performance

  • June new car registrations fall -24.3% to 140,958 units – weakest performance for the month since 1996.
  • Ongoing challenges in component supply, exacerbated by restrictions in China, hamper industry’s ability to fulfil demand.
  • Year to date registrations reach 802,079 units – a fall of -11.9% on last year, and second weakest first half for 30 years.

UK new car registrations fell -24.3% in June, according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The month saw 140,958 new vehicles registered, the weakest June performance since 1996.


The continuing squeeze on the supply of microchips is hitting deliveries at luxury car maker, Jaguar Land Rover, which has logged a record number of orders which now stand at almost 200,000.

The manufacturer, which has production plants at Halewood in Merseyside and Solihull and Castle Bromwich in the West Midlands, released sales volumes for the first quarter period, to June 30,

They revealed the drag on deliveries, mainly due to the global chip shortage, but also compounded by the run out of the prior model Range Rover Sport, with deliveries just starting, and the impact of new COVID lockdowns in China.


Innovative million pound inverter testing equipment has been developed at the University of Warwick’s School of Engineering, with almost £1m funding from the Driving the Electric Revolution challenge at UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), to help speed up the development of electric vehicles (EVs) and reduce testing costs for British manufacturers.

The inverter testing facility has been used for the first time by premium car manufacturer BMW to test a new power inverter.

Developed by Professor Phil Mawby and his team from the University of Warwick, the new inverter testing facility was made possible with almost £900,000 from the £33m Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centres (DER-IC), part of the Driving the Electric Revolution Challenge at UKRI.


MG will launch a new electric hatchback in September, which will rival the VW ID 3.

The MG4 is based on the brand’s new MSP underpinnings, which will be the platform for a new range of electric MG models across various segments.

David Allison, head of product & planning at MG Motor UK, said: “The MG4 EV is a key part of the next phase of growth for MG. Our new MSP architecture will enable us to offer multiple options for the rapidly expanding UK electric car market, with all choices reinforcing our reputation for outstanding design, market-leading technology, and excellent value for money.”


Owners of electrified Jaguar and Land Rover models will be able to charge their vehicles at home thanks to a new agreement with Andersen EV.

London-based Andersen EV’s A2 home charger, which comes with 7 or 22kW power options, will be available to all customers and is compatible with the full range of electrified Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles.

The partnership will see the home chargers installed at Jaguar Land Rover showrooms, where customers will be able to try them out and place an order at the same time as reserving their vehicle.

Andersen EV will then provide a dedicated, tailored service, with an on-site survey followed by having the wall box installed by a qualified Andersen EV electrician.

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