Car production slump seen in 2009

The number of cars produced in 2009 fell by 30% due to the depressed state of the motor industry.

Some 999, 460 cars were produced last year - 30.9% down on the previous year, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Meanwhile just 90,679 commercial vehicles were manufactured - down 55.3% on 2008

However figures for December 2009 showed that car production rose 58.5% compared with December 2008 - the biggest monthly increase since May 1976.

CV production last month was up 15.6% compared with December 2008.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said today: "The significant rise in December vehicle production is welcome news and signals some greater stability across global automotive markets.

"We expect the year ahead to be extremely challenging, but the return of economic growth and a competitive exchange rate will help UK producers.

"Car and commercial vehicle production remain well below pre-recession levels and it is essential that there continues to be a focus on creating more and better-priced finance for businesses and consumers."

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