Car production up 6.5%
Car production increased last month, official figures showed
There were 137,028 cars made in the UK in October - a 6.5% rise
on the October 2011 figure, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and
Traders (SMMT) said.
Commercial vehicle (CV) production also rose last month - going
up 5% to 11,899 - while engine production increased 1.2% to
The latest figures took the year-so-far car production total to
more than 1.22 million - a 9.7% rise on the January-October 2011
CV production has reached 94,214 this year, which is 6.1% down
on the total for the first 10 months of last year, while engine
production, at 2.12 million, is 0.2% down on the January-October
SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "The UK automotive
industry got back on track in October.
"Sustained, high-value investment in research and development,
facilities and new products is paving the way to a prosperous
future for UK automotive, but there remain significant challenges
as European market demand remains weak.
"It is essential the Government continues to focus on boosting
economic growth and enhancing UK competitiveness."
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