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Automotive Industry

Volume 129: debated on Tuesday 15 March 1988

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To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what percentage of the United Kingdom automotive industry was Japanese-owned; and what market share this represents, for each year from 1979.

Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd. is the sole wholly-owned Japanese vehicle manufacturer in the United Kingdom. Production of cars began at Sunderland in 1986 and so far makes up only a small, though increasing, proportion of total sales by Nissan here. Nissan's overall share of the United Kingdom market since 1979—supplied solely by imports from Japan until 1985, and by a mixture of imports and United Kingdom-produced vehicles since then — has been as follows:

per cent.
19795·9
19806·07
19815·94
19825·99
19835·84
19846·08
19855·76
19865·84
19875·67