Tuesday, 25 July 2017

UK Car Production By Make: 1966-1981


These were the golden years of UK car making. BL had absorbed virtually all British brands by 1968 and looked very strong. Ford models were popular, although GM Vauxhall looked average. Chrysler started this period as the Rootes Group, and ended up Peugeot. Record production volume was achieved in 1972.

But cracks were appearing. From '73, a steady decline ensued, and by the beginning of the 80's, it was bleak. BL in particular was only a shadow of what it was less than a decade earlier. UK car making was at risk and could have gone altogether. That didn't happen but could have so easily.

Yr Total BLMC Ford Chrys GM Vx Leyland Other
66 1,603,700 627,300 466,200 171,900 172,800 160,900 4,600
67 1,552,000 561,200 440,700 181,200 196,900 165,500 6,500
68 1,815,900 818,300 553,700 189,100 244,800 See BL 10,000
69 1,717,100 830,900 531,600 173,900 171,700 - 9,000
70 1,641,000 787,700 448,400 217,000 178,100 - 9,800
71 1,741,900 886,700 366,600 281,600 199,100 - 7,900
72 1,921,300 916,200 546,700 263,900 184,000 - 10,500
73 1,747,300 875,800 453,400 265,400 138,400 - 14,300
74 1,534,100 738,500 383,700 261,800 136,900 - 13,200
75 1,267,700 605,100 329,600 226,600 98,600 - 7,800
76 1,333,400 687,900 383,200 144,600 109,100 - 8,600
77 1,327,800 651,100 406,600 169,500 93,200 - 7,400
78 1,222,900 611,800 324,400 196,400 84,000 - 6,300
79 1,070,500 503,800 398,700 103,000 58,800 - 6,200
80 923,700 395,800 342,800 125,300 55,000 - 4,800
81 954,700 413,400 342,200 117,400 69,900 - 11,800
Tot 23,375,000 10,911,500 6,718,500 3,088,600 2,191,300 326,400 126,900
Avg 1,460,900 682,000 419,900 193,000 137,000 163,200 13,150

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