UK car production at four-year high

UK car production at four-year high

Car production in the UK reached its highest level for four years in 2012, new figures reveal.

The annual total of 1,464,906 cars marked a 9% rise on the previous year, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) announced.

And there was more good news as the number of cars manufactured for export hit an all-time high of over 1.21 million, an increase of 7.8% on 2011.

A surge towards the end of the year appears to have been a factor in the figures, with a 6.2% rise in car production in December 2012 compared to the same month in the previous year.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt described 2012 as "a very good year" for car production in the UK.

He said there is a positive outlook for 2013 because increasing demand in emerging markets is offsetting the problems faced in Europe.

But he added: "These remain extremely challenging times and it is essential industry and Government continue to work together to secure long-term industrial growth."

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