UK car manufacturing down 2.1% as increased exports fail to offset domestic decline

UK car manufacturing was down 2.1 per cent year-on-year in the first month of 2020, as an increase in exports failed to offset the decline in domestic demand.

Some 118,314 cars rolled off British production lines in January, down from 120,890 in the same month last year and marking the fifth consecutive month of decline.

Exports were up 4.1 per cent year-on-year to 97,870 units, thanks to a number of appealing new models being brought to market, driving demand in Europe and Asia, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

This wasn’t enough

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Welcome to the all-new Auto Express website

As we hope you’ve noticed, the Auto Express website has been replaced by an all-new, class leading model. 

We’re moving into an exciting new era for the UK’s favourite car title with a completely new generation of autoexpress.co.uk, a fully responsive site that automatically adapts to any device on which you want to view it: phone, tablet or desktop. The new technology gives us the perfect platform to bring you even more of our award-winning words, pictures and videos.

Take a look around and you’ll still find the latest breaking car news, exclusive insights on future models, in-depth reviews rating

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Brabus reveals its 800 Adventure XLP take on the Mercedes G-Class

If you find that the new Mercedes G-Class isn’t practical enough, the folks at Brabus have got you covered with this high-performance, off-road pickup. The Brabus 800 XLP will make its debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. 

Taking the current Mercedes-AMG G63 as a base, the engineers at Brabus HQ have grafted on a pick-up truck load bed without compromising rear cabin space. To achieve this, the wheelbase of the donor car has been extended by 50cm. To boost the vehicle’s looks and off-road capabilities, Brabus has also equipped it with suspension and portal axles developed especially for the

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‘Think of your dash cam as a witness helping your cause’

Never thought it’d come to this, but I reckon it’s time every motorist carefully contemplates installing an equaliser (aka a dash cam or other audio visual device) inside the car looking at other drivers.

I’m not talking about new and unnecessary Government legislation forcing us to do this. Instead, I suggest we celebrate the advanced and affordable evidence-gathering tech available to us. For the good guys – that’s the overwhelming majority of us – we have little to worry about as such cameras can and do help protect us and our vehicles (criminals loathe cameras).

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New sporty Volkswagen Arteon R-Line Edition uncovered

Volkswagen has revealed the Arteon R-Line Edition. Orders are open now, with production for the sporty trim level of the Passat’s coupe-like relation limited to just 1,000 units, with prices starting from £36,850.

As with other VW models dressed in the R-Line trim, the Arteon gets a range of cosmetic upgrades to separate it from the lesser models. Most notably is the colour scheme: the Arteon’s body is finished in Moonstone grey complemented by a contrasting black finish for the roof, door mirrors, and the 20-inch alloy wheels. Privacy glass is standard, while to the rear there’s a small black

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