Monthly rise in UK car production

The number of cars made in the UK rose in September, but industry leaders have warned that tough times lie ahead for manufacturers.

A total of 142,606 cars were produced in September 2008 - 2.4% more than September last year - the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) announced.

The September total took the year-to-date figure to 1.18 million cars, a 4.2% rise on the January-September 2007 total.

Commercial vehicle production also increased last month, rising 3.6% to 20,675, making the total production for the first nine months of this year 172,535 - a 10% increase on the same period last year.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "UK production continues to demonstrate its strength and resilience.

"We already know that production is being scaled back to reflect demand in global markets and we will see this more clearly in the months ahead.

"It is essential that the Government works with the industry to protect vital manufacturing capability. This includes measures to support domestic demand and sustain longer-term investment."

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