|The continued demand for smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles boosted
the market as sales of modern classics like the Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus
and Vauxhall Corsa signalled promising times for UK manufacturing.
says Ford reaffirmed its dominance at the top of the sales charts with
its Fiesta shifting 9,072 units on its own, while the Focus placed
second with sales of 5,333 vehicles.
Manufacturers have taken
heed of successive lifts in sales and have upped their production
dramatically. Analysts say Britain's car factories are currently
operating at full capacity and could produce a record-breaking two
million vehicles per year by 2017.
A number of companies turned
to hiring additional members of staff last year to cope with the
increase in demand and, according to the SMMT's predictions for the
future, many more could announce recruitment drives in 2014.
little chance of these jobs being created overseas as Britain is one of
very few European nations which has a relatively healthy car market.
on the findings, SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes told
expressandstar.com the UK has plenty of reasons to look to the future
"As fuel economy is a major consideration for many
motorists, ongoing investment by vehicle manufacturers in innovative,
fuel-efficient technology is a key factor in the growing demand for new
"Looking ahead, the UK automotive industry expects to see moderate, sustainable growth in 2014."