Car production increases by 37%

Car production shot up by 37% in August compared with the same period last year, boosting the country's manufacturing recovery, a study has shown.

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, nearly 78,000 cars were manufactured in the country last month. The research highlighted a 41% rise in production over the year to date.

During the month, commercial vehicle production rose 22% year-on-year and shot up by 41% in the first eight months. Also, engine output increased by 15% for the month and 27% for the year to-date.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "UK vehicle and engine production continues to lead a strong manufacturing recovery.

"The UK is an important part of the global automotive industry, exporting cars, commercial vehicles and engines to markets around the world.

"There are still significant challenges ahead and Government must do all it can to encourage continued international investment in UK-based research and development, skills, plant and machinery."

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