UK automotive leaders unite in Paris ahead of motor show

UK automotive leaders unite in Paris ahead of motor show

Senior executives from British-based car manufacturers such as Jaguar Land Rover and Nissan, united in Paris ahead of the key international motor show, to demonstrate the diversity and quality of cars currently produced in the UK.

Representatives from automotive brands such as Aston Martin, BMW MINI, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, McLaren, Nissan, Toyota and Vauxhall, were joined by Mark Garnier MP, the British Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Trade, to promote the strength of the UK automotive sector to a global audience.

The UK automotive industry has undergone unprecedented growth in recent years, with car manufacturing reaching a 10-year high last year.

British cars have never been so popular, with a record 1.2 million cars exported to more than 100 countries. Already in the first eight months of 2016, that total looks set to be beaten this year, with exports reaching almost 900,000 vehicles – 13% ahead of the same period in 2015.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: "The UK automotive industry is respected globally for its rich heritage, iconic brands and engineering excellence. More than £10bn of investment has gone into new facilities and models over the past five years and we’re proud to see so many rival brands coming together to promote the strengths of UK Automotive ahead of a key international motor show."