Output for home and export markets increased with cars built for the UKL market more than doubling – accounting for 27.6 per cent during the first quarter.
‘UK automotive production continued to make progress in March with strong growth in commercial vehicle, engine and car production,’ said SMMT chief executive, Paul Everitt.
‘Headline figures highlight the scale of challenges faced this time last year, but also demonstrate a steady improvement in demand in home and export markets.
‘Industry will continue to face tough market conditions with the scrappage scheme closing and limited access to finance and credit for consumers and businesses.
Commercial vehicle output rose 61.6 per cent and UK engine production was up 43.6 per cent in the same period.