UK car production up 1.3% in July

UK car production rose 1.3% year-on-year to 98,094 in July, according to new figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

A total of 760,946 cars were produced in the January-July period of this year, 3.7% higher year-on-year.

There was a 5.9% year-on-year drop in commercial vehicle production to 9,127 last month, while the year-to-July figure reached 70,547, down 5.1%.

Engine production fell 0.7% to 183,513 in July, while the figure for the year so far rose 4% to over 1.5 million.

Paul Everitt, chief executive of the SMMT, said: "Economic growth remains fragile but thanks to a strong export market, automotive manufacturing continues to outperform the broader economy.

"We expect vehicle and engine production to continue to rise fuelled by demand in the fast-growing Bric (Brazil, Russia, India and China) economies, as well as mainland Europe and the US. The UK industry is globally recognised for its high-quality, innovative design and exceptional reliability."

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