Car production nears six-year high

Car production nears six-year high

The UK car industry remains on course to achieve its most productive year since before the recession began, despite slowing figures in November.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has revealed 137,624 cars were made in Britain last month; 3.6% fewer than last November but total new registrations over the 11 months is 1.42 million - 4.5% higher than the same period in 2012.

It seems certain that car production will top 1.5 million units and surpass all annual numbers since 2007, according to SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes. He said volumes dipped a little in November as the big car firms prepared their production lines for their latest 2014 models.

RAC Cars chairman Rupert Keane said: "This has been a great year for UK car production and it doesn't look like the brakes will be applied in 2014.

"It is has also having a positive effect on the used car market where we are seeing better quality vehicles coming through to showrooms increasing choice and boosting the number of cars on ourwebsite ."

The number of commercial vehicles (CV) made in the UK has fallen by more than a fifth (21.5%) so far this year.

The 82,535 produced between January and November includes 7,061 last month - more than a third (35.7%) less than the same month in 2012.

Engine manufacturing rose for the third consecutive month in November. The 3.4% rise to 231,371 took output to 2.4 million, a 2.5% rise on the first 11 months of 2012.

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