Big increase in UK car production

Big increase in UK car production

The car market is firmly on the road to recovery, according to official figures.

The number of vehicles produced in the UK in October stood at 160,854 - some 17.4% higher than the same month last year, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

So far this year 1.28 million cars have been produced in the UK, which is up 5.4% on the first 10 months of 2012.

The increase seen in October meanwhile was the the biggest this year compared to last.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: "UK car manufacturing for the home market increased strongly in October.

"More than 15 brands build 50-plus models of car across the UK with volume and niche offerings providing a wealth of choice for our home and export markets.

"With European demand showing early signs of recovery, we expect production to continue positively in the coming months."

Production for the home market rose more than 52% last year, with production for export increasing 11.4%.

RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: "The new car industry is finishing the year on a real high which is very encouraging as it is a good indicator for how well the economy is performing as a whole. It is also great news for the UK jobs' market as so many models are now produced here."

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