October records biggest monthly increase in UK car manufacturing

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ImageCAR output rose by 17.4 per cent to 160,854 units in October, recording the largest monthly increase in UK car manufacturing this year.

Looking at year-to-date figures, the number of cars produced in the UK totalled at 1,286,287 – an increase of 5.4 per cent.

While manufacturing for the home market is up significantly at 52.4 per cent, export growth also remains strong at 11.4 per cent, with approximately 50 per cent of UK exports going to Europe.

Following two months of decline, European demand is beginning to show signs of improvements, recording two consecutive months of growth.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: ‘UK car manufacturing for the home market increased strongly in October raising the year’s performance 26.6 per cent ahead of 2012.

‘More than 15 brands build 50-plus models of car across the UK with volume and niche offerings providing a wealth of choice for our home and export markets. With European demand showing early signs of recovery, we expect production to continue positively in the coming months.’

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