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Car production in the UK is booming. General Motors' decision to give its Vauxhall Ellesmere Port plant the contract to build the new Astra from 2015 is the latest big boost to a success story that sees the UK making more cars now than it has done in decades.
British workers are praised the world over for their skills and strong relationships with management, something that is growing stronger by the day and being rewarded with more and more big new contracts.
Here, we look at the main car production facilities in the UK and the cars that they make. There are more than you may think, meaning it's probably easier than it's been in many years to buy a British-built car, no matter what your budget!
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I think they mean cars that are assmbled-manufactured here, not owned. Shame as Aston, McLaren and Morgan are the only owned British car manufacturers I think, the rest being foreign owned.
@nik 123, given the standard of English that you display in your comment, it is not surprising that there is little manufacturing in the UK, as much of the population have neither the desire, nor ability to get off their asses and go for work. A lot is thanks to the Labour approach of benefits and dumbing down the education so that everyone gets a certificate! The original apprenticeships were offered to those with aptitude and capability, particularly given that they took 5 years to complete and cost the company money.
Many years ago when I was still at Grammar school and studying Economics I remember being told how strong an ecvonomy this country had especially in manufacturing - why, we were even able to help other countries like (as it was then) Persia where we actually SHIPPED Vauxhall Vivas there in kit form to be assembled locally as a way of helping their economy.
And now we rejoice because we have something similar being done for us?????
Sooner the jocks go the better. They are alway wining about being in the UK. Keep the motor industry investment in UK. The risk Scotland will go the way of Ireland & Greece will deter most investers.
George B. Craig. Scotland does have a history of some car production, but it was not a massive industry. But yes, it would be good to see a large plant in Scotland but not by breaking the Country up. A resurrected British name coming back would be great, but maybe a marque that has a large market in Britain, but not actual car production, say Mercedes (have some engine facilities which was the Illmor race engine facility), BMW (only engine, but own Cowley that make the MINI) VW, Audi, KIA, or all of them. One commenter had a point, I think we need a balanced federal Country, instead of this lop sided system, maybe with England being two states so need's of the North of England (the most abused part of Brtain) can be addressed.
As well as cars, and closer to Scotland, we should be looking to a respectable realistic sized return to commercial shipbuilding. Jimmy Reid was right, when he said about not wanting to see shipyards repalced by shops, but replaced by shipyards for the 21st century. The huge mistake of the MARS ship contract showed how the UK government is servile to eu regs, and has no maritime policy including for shipping and shipbuilding.
Someone (taff BROWN). Hard to believe, but Rover and it's technology along with Range Rover, saved BMW.
Check out the new Lotus future car range, and type in future Jaguer models in a search engine to see the potential ideas and cars this Marque could build.
I love the UK. No matter what subject msn post, we always end up discussing the important National issues of the day. It says a lot about the level of thinking - although Education system is supposed to be failing - that is prevelant in this country.
What has been done to Britain and its people, is truly scandalous (what the EU is doing to us is more than bad enough on its own). People don't realise what was done at the end of WW2.
German industry was divided up. East Germany went to Russia, West Germany was divided up between America, Britain, and France. The only Company nobody wanted in Germany at the end of WW2, because the product was such a pile of cr*p, was Volkswagen (VW has always been a triumph of marketing over product).
Italy was divided up between Britain and America (if you doubt this, remember the embarrassment of the Callaghan Government over the strike in Italy in the 1970's, after which they reduced the shareholding in Fiat from 78% to a minority stake - remember, through Fiat, there was also Ferrari, Innocenti, etc).
Japan was divided up between Britain and America (as a clue, JVC stands for Japanese Victor Corporation, which was 50/50 owned by RCA Victor, and Thorn EMI).
To turn these extremist Nations moderate, prosperity and the comfort of the people of those Countries was built up, using Marshall Plan money to invest in rebuilding. New factories, new products, plenty of good jobs. Fair enough. However, look at the effects. For example, the British motorbike industry, which was the biggest in the World at the time, when it needed to re-equip and modernise, were the owners going to do that, when they had new factories, with new equipment, already up and running overseas? No, and they didn't. All they did was move the new designs and new products (by people like Edward Turner), to those overseas factories.
We have even had companies owned by the parent company, 'take over' the parent company. Talk about creative accountancy. By closing the 'parent' down here, the 'subsidiary' has then been given massive public grants and injection of capital, to open new factories here. The people that fought WW2, the descendants of those that died ensuring freedom for the World in WW2, have been sold down the river by our own people, and what's really rich, they get the blame for the consequences of what has been done to them (things done with the full co-operation of people like the Unions and Labour too). My first hint at what was going on, was a Thorn EMI sharebook I had when I worked for them. You would not believe what was in that sharebook (and that was only the direct shares).
Good morning, what a start, you made my mouth watery, my god what a vehicle
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