The UK automotive sector is central to the UK economy and a key part of our industrial strategy. It created £14.5 billion in Gross Value Added (GVA) in 2016 (0.8 per cent of total UK GVA).
The UK automotive sector is diverse. This includes: volume car production, niche and luxury vehicles, construction equipment, motorsport, commercial vehicles, and motorcycles.
In 2016, the sector directly employed 159,000 people with a further 238,000 in the wider supply chain. There are regional concentrations in the West Midlands, North West, & North East.
The sector is extremely export intensive; it generated £40.1 billion in exports in 2016 (£18.3 billion to the EU). In 2016, UK automotive industry productivity was 40 per cent higher than other manufacturing sectors and 80 per cent higher than the economy as a whole. In 2016, business investment stood at £3.6 billion, or 1.1 per cent of the UK total. In 2016, the sector carried out £3.4 billion of research and development.