Demand for new cars continues, but questions about UK car industry remain unanswered

KPMG respond to SMMT car production data for January.

KPMG respond to SMMT car production data for January.

Richard Peberdy, UK Head of Automotive for KPMG, said:

“An easing of supply shortages and continued demand for new cars, despite the cost of living squeeze, is keeping the market moving.

But medium to longer-term questions remain unanswered for the industry, despite investing over £10 billion in electric vehicle capability since 2011.  At present the UK is proving a less attractive proposition for new vehicle manufacturing facilities due to relatively high labour and energy costs, and access to raw materials and chemicals.

“Some countries, like the USA in the form of its Inflation Reduction Act, have developed bold policy moves to encourage inward investment in next generation manufacturing facilities for the electric vehicle supply chain - and these are proving effective at securing big bet investments from car makers.   Whilst the UK is a global leader in high value skills and research, in a globally competitive environment the government and the local industry need to do more to show that it can be a viable manufacturing base for battery and electric vehicle manufacturing at scale.” 



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