Car production rises in February

The UK automotive sector is finding its feet again, with reports of a sharp increase in car production last month.

Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that a total of 138,296 cars were produced in February, a 23.5% rise from the same month in 2011.

For the first two months of this year, UK production was up by 19.6% on the same time in 2011.

However, commercial vehicle production dipped, with a total of 226,848 engines made last month - only 2.6% more than in February of last year.

"The car manufacturing rise last month maintains the trend of strong export-led growth and confirms the importance of manufacturing to a rebalanced and prosperous economy," said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive.

He warned though that despite the recent success, there should be no complacency.

"It is essential the Chancellor uses next week's Budget to deliver on its growth strategy and boost the UK's competitiveness by encouraging private sector investment in research and development, capital equipment and skills", he said.

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