Car production reaches its highest level since 1999

Time 9:23 am, December 22, 2016

CAR production has reached its highest level since 1999, with over 1.6 million models rolling off the production line so far this year, new figures show.

Almost 170,000 vehicles were built in UK factories last month, an increase of 12.8 per cent on November last year and the best total for 17 years.

Production for UK sales increased by 14 per cent in November to 33,745, while exports continued to boom – up by 12.5 per cent.

A record 1.2 million cars have been shipped to overseas markets this year, said the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Chief executive Mike Hawes said: ‘Made in Britain is a badge coveted by car buyers worldwide, and these latest figures highlight not just that international appeal but the fact that the UK is a globally competitive place to make cars.

‘These latest results are the product of significant investments made over the past few years, but which will continue only if we can maintain the competitive trading conditions that have enabled the UK to become an automotive success story.’

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Dave, production editor on Car Dealer Magazine, is a journalist with more than 30 years' experience in the worlds of newspapers, magazines and public relations.

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