UK car production up in October

The number of cars and commercial vehicles (CV) produced in the UK increased in October, indicating a steady improvement in the automotive industry, according to new figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

UK car output rose 6% year-on-year to 112,798 last month, while CV production was up 47.1% to 11,674.

The number of cars produced in the January-October period in the UK rose 31.1% year-on-year to 1,050,689, while CV output for the first 10 months of this year reached 103,201, up 39% compared with 2009.

UK engine output declined 5.3% year-on-year last month, but was up 19.7% for the January-October period.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "The vehicle production rise last month signals steady improvement in global vehicle markets and the strength of the UK product line-up.

"It is extremely important that the Government continues to champion the role of vehicle manufacturing in rebalancing the national economy and works with the automotive industry to create conditions for increased investment in research and development, skills and capital equipment.

"The industry's focus on low-carbon technology and its global reach can help generate the private sector growth the country needs."

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