Home    What's new    Search    Contact Us   Sign in / Register
· You are here: Home • Our work • Schools and education » • School Members Area » • Global perspectives, geopolitics and development »
About us Our work What's on Geography today Press & Media News Join us
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG): the heart of geography
An introduction to Superpower Geographies
A new recipe for economic development
A Shrinking World
Aid and influence
Arab awakening
Baby steps for China
Building a nation: South Sudan one year on
Building BRICS
Cars: The global business of Britain is back on track
Celebrating new appropriate technology
China and North Korea: Regional economic cooperation
Chocolate spread over
Credit Crunch Geography
Factors influencing the success of pastoral farming in developing countries
Fast Food Farmers
Fast Food Geography
Follow the thing: Papaya
Geography, power and the Olympics
Global flows
Global motorization, social ecology and China
Global production networks
Hello South Sudan
India - Change and challenge for a new superpower
Inequality and its management
Kinky boots
Life transitions and care in sibling-headed households affected by AIDS in Tanzania and Uganda
Making music in the global economy
Measuring International Corruption and its Impacts
Rio+20: A global evaluation of sustainable development
Supermarket Sweep
Surfs up!
The BRICs are coming: Will Brazil ever arrive?
The Congo Wars: geography NOT in the news
The Deepwater Horizon, the Mavi Marmara, and the dynamic zonation of ocean space
The geography of gold
The horsemeat scandal and other food geographies
Two views on the growth of China
The Nicaraguan trans-oceanic canal
International Women’s Day 2017
The US presidential election 2016

Cars: The global business of Britain is back on track

September 2011

What is the secret of this manufacturing ‘comeback’ story, in a country whose economy is often characterized as ‘post-industrial’?

Cars: The global business of Britain is back on track

During the 1950s, the UK was the second-largest global manufacturer of cars (after the United States). Spearheaded by companies such as Leyland, Triumph, Rover and Jaguar, Britain’s car exports were then the world’s largest.

However, rising production costs and strong German and Japanese competition led to dwindling mass car production under UK domestic ownership during the 1970s and 1980s. Yet despite the disappearance of big names like Leyland, UK car manufacturing has since rebounded, albeit largely under foreign ownership.

Since 2000, total output has generally exceeded one million cars per year (and twice as many car engines). What is the secret of this manufacturing ‘comeback’ story, in a country whose economy is often characterized as ‘post-industrial’? As this article explains, the answer involves a range of factors that include global interactions with foreign TNCs, growth of the EU common market and on-going support for the car industry from successive UK governments.

Relevance

  • AS/A2 teaching of globalisation, trade and industrial location
  • IBO Diploma teaching of global interactions
  • GCSE teaching of industrial change
  • KS3 exploration of interdependency between people and places

In the Members' Area:

  • Bouncing back: the story of UK cars
  • Going global: profiling the new players

Sign in to read the full article. If you are not already a member you can join us as a School Member or Young Geographer and access our vast library of educational articles.

   

· Accessibility statement
· Terms and Conditions, and Cookie use
· Contact Webmaster
· Download Adobe Reader
· RGS-IBG is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Bookmark and Share