UK car production jumps by 10%

UK car production jumps by 10%

Almost 10% more cars were made in the UK in April compared to the same period of last year, new figures show.

According to research released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), strong export demand led to the production of 94,352 cars last month, a figure 9.3% up on that recorded in April 2011.

Car production figures for the first four months of 2012 were also 11.8% higher.

More than 400,000 of the near-half a million cars produced in the first third of 2012 were exported overseas, the SMMT said.

Commenting on the new data, Paul Everitt, the SMMT's chief executive, said: "UK manufacturing of cars, commercial vehicles and engines increased in April, boosted by strong export demand that is almost 10% ahead of last year.

"Sustained investment is delivering desirable products to markets around the world and efforts by employees, trades unions and government are helping ensure the UK remains one of the most competitive locations for global automotive companies."

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