Policy paper

Driving success: UK automotive strategy for growth and sustainability

Sets out the actions that government and industry will take collaboratively to secure the next stage of automotive sector growth.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government



This strategy builds on the success that the UK automotive industry already enjoys. It aims to make the sector’s long term future more secure, grow the UK share of the value chain and secure strong global competitive positions in low carbon research and development (R&D) and in premium and niche vehicles. It covers:

  • investing, with industry, £1 billion over 10 years in a new Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to support new technology and supply chains for low carbon vehicles
  • investing up to £3 million to set up the Automotive Investment Organisation to lead attracting inward investors to invest in the UK, particularly supply chain companies
  • ensuring the right skills through a collective road map for the skills and training needed to address skills gaps in the automotive sector (eg joint programmes to attract school leavers, graduates and postgraduates into the automotive industry)

This will ensure that the UK automotive industry is well placed to benefit from more investment in production and in important R&D activity.

Video overview of the UK automotive sector

Overview of the automotive sector

The automotive strategy is part of the government’s industrial strategy.

The automotive infographic is available in other formats from Flickr: Industrial sector infographics.

Published 12 July 2013