UK car production up 1.8% in June

UK car production rose 1.8% year-on-year to 120,036 in June, indicating that the country's motor industry is returning to growth, according to new figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

A total of 662,852 new cars were produced in the first six months of the year, up 4.1% year-on-year.

The number of commercial vehicles produced in the UK stood at 10,425 last month, down 2.2% compared with the corresponding period in 2010.

The year-to-June figure dropped 4.9% year-on-year.

Figures show a 0.8% increase in engine production to nearly 240,000 in June, while the year-to-June figure stood at 1.3 million, up 4.7% compared with the corresponding period in 2010.

Car production is expected to reach 100,000 in the second half of 2011, according to the SMMT.

Paul Everitt, chief executive of the SMMT, said: "Sustained investment in research and development, skills and new products by the UK automotive industry is helping to rebalance the economy, but there remain significant challenges."

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