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Official: UK car production is booming

Sun, 03 Nov 2013

Nearly 10% MORE cars were produced in the UK this September compared to the same time last year, data released today from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has revealed

What’s more, 1,125,433 cars were manufactured in the UK by the end of the month – that’s a 3.9% rise compared to 2012.

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This means UK car production has returned to pre-recession levels. The rolling 12-month total has now topped 1.5 million vehicles.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes:

“Boosted by strong domestic demand, September’s 9.9% rise in car manufacturing reinforces how the sector is one of the UK’s biggest success stories of recent years.”

Hawes also underlined what a key role the UK car industry is playing in helping Britain emerge from recession:

“This year alone, more than £2.6 billion has been committed across the UK automotive sector, from the supply chain to global car manufacturing brands.

“This long-term financial commitment and robust demand for UK-built products demonstrate the global appetite for high-quality, desirable products borne of the UK’s world-class design, R&D and engineering.”

Nearly 80% of cars made by UK manufacturers in September were exported, too – bringing welcome foreign cash into Britain.

The news isn’t as good for commercial vehicles though, with over a quarter fewer vans produced in the UK last month compared to last year. This follows a steady downward trend that started back in 2011.

SMMT chief Mike Hawes again:

“CV production remained subdued in September, with continuing uncertainty in the EU and restructuring of UK operations.

“While the overall market is striving against tough conditions, there remains cause for optimism in some areas, with the truck sector out-performing the market in September.”

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