If you had observed the global automotive industry over the past ten years only, you could be forgiven for thinking that the UK had only really ever had luxury and low-volume marques.
You’d be wrong of course, but the remnants of the once thriving industry would otherwise not provide you with much insight to a outcome that was otherwse.
In fact, post WWII, the UK had the second largest motor industry in the world, and boasted multiple mainstream manufacturers. And, also boasted one of the strongest export industries also.
The root of how it all fell apart is difficult to pinpoint to single issues. Potentially, such a strong start meant that the lack of global competition did not force UK makers to adopt mass-production methods as a replacement for the craft industry methods employed previously. Maybe there were too many mainstream brands in a market with a slow growth curve. … Read More