More drivers opt for home built cars

More drivers opt for home built cars

More and more British motorists are helping fuel the continued boom in UK car manufacturing, latest figures suggest.

The amount of home-built vehicles for British drivers buying a car jumped by over a fifth (21.1%) to 33,813 in February, compared to the same month last year.

Similar production trends are up 20.4% in the opening two months in 2015 compared to January-February last year, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

February's overall domestic car production dropped to 129,915, a dip of 2.9%, due to a 9.2% fall in export-bound models.

UK motor manufacturing numbers have fallen 2% in January and February 2015 to 257,300 compared to the same two-month period last year, with export production dropping by 7.8%.

Mike Hawes, the chief executive of SMMT, says the UK car manufacturing industry's future remains "upbeat", led by the robust domestic market.

He said the amount of British-built vehicles manufactured for the UK market has risen by 51.9% over the past four years.

Mr Hawes blamed the small fall in exports on "political instability" in some areas abroad.

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