It’s not all doom and gloom for Europe’s car industry. Although continental European auto car makers are facing strong headwinds from the euro zone’s economic woes, the industry in the U.K. is flourishing and has managed to remain unaffected.
This year alone Britain sold more cars abroad than it has imported for the first time since 1976 and U.K. car production jumped 22 percent in July, bringing the year-to-date increase to 15 percent, the U.K.’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reports.
In the past two years nearly £6 billion of investment has been committed to the UK automotive industry by international automotive companies, according to the SMMT.
In addition the multinational auto firm Jaguar-Land Rover has recently announced it is creating another 1,000 jobs at its site in Halewood in Merseyside.
The U.K.’s performance contrasts starkly with results of continental European automakers like French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen , which has announced restructuring plans that includes axeing 8,000 jobs by 2014, and weak results from Italian carmaker Fiat which reported second-quarter net income plummeted by 92 percent.
French automaker Renault also had a negative cash flow of €200m in the first six months of the year.Page 1 of 2 | Next Page