UK cars set to break the 1m mark

UK cars set to break the 1m mark

The number of UK-built cars in 2013 looks set to top the million mark this month.

This follows a buoyant August which saw the number of home-manufactured vehicles jump 16.2%, to 91,282, on the same period last year.

Last month's figure left year-to-date volumes at 984,545 - 3.1% up on last year - and at this rate should surpass 1 million in the first week of this month.

As many as 20,298 models were constructed for the UK market this month, a hike of 21.1%, while 70,984 were export-bound, up 14.8%.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes says the last 12 months have been one of the most successful periods since late 2008.

John Leech, head of automotive at KPMG in the UK, said that the new percentage rises may be flattered by the bad figures this time last year, as Greek and Spanish debt crises gained momentum.

But UK car production looks set to continue rising and hit 1.9 million in 2016, he added.

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