Car production sees 5.8% increase

In good news for the motor industry, production of vehicles went up by 5.8% last month in comparison with September 2009, according to figures.

Last month, 126,548 cars were built, making the total number 937,891 for this year, a rise of 35% since last year, according to theSociety of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Production of commercial vehicles rose by 16.7% in September, reaching 11,339. This brought the year's total to 91,527, a 38% increase from 2009.

Vehicle manufacturing saw a 6.6% increase in total, and engine production went up by 1.3% to 229,209 during last month.

Paul Everitt, chief executive, SMMT, said: "UK vehicle production was up 6.6% in September with rises across the car, commercial vehicle and engine sectors, signalling continued improvement in the market.

"In yesterday's spending review, Government outlined some tough decisions, but also committed to a strong growth agenda. Support for low carbon vehicles, skills and R&D will all help to sustain and encourage investment in the UK motor industry."

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