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Motor Cars

Volume 888: debated on Thursday 13 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry (1) what share British motor manufacturers have of the small-engined car in the United Kingdom market; and what proportion of that market is supplied by imports ;(2) what share British motor manufacturers have the larger sized cars in the United Kingdom market; and what percentage of that market is supplied by imports.

The information is not readily available from official sources but estimates are shown below based on data from the British motor industry. The terms "small engined cars" and especially" larger cars" have no fixed definitions and alternative estimates are provided for the latter on two possible interpretations of the intended meaning:

ESTIMATED UNITED KINGDOM MARKET SHARES OF BRITISH MADE AND IMPORTED CARS IN 1974 ANALYSED BY ENGINE SIZE
Size GroupShare taken by United Kingdom car manufacturersShare supplied by imported cars
Per cent.Per cent.
Small engined cars (under 1,275 c.c.)5644
Larger cars*(over 1,275 c.c.)8020
Larger cars †(over 1,975 c.c.)7327
Source: Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Limited.
*" Larger cars "are here taken to mean larger than the small engined cars in the first line of the table.
† An alternative definition of "larger cars" (in the sense of those towards the upper end of the range) is here taken to mean cars of 2 litres nominal engine size and above.