LATEST production figures for September have been released by the SMMT – and the news is good.
September saw overall car production up 5.8 per cent with the UK making 126,548 cars, while year-to-date figures rose 35 per cent to 937,891 cars.
Of those 126,548 cars, 98,586 were exports – a 30.9 per cent rise – while the remaining 27,962 cars were registered in the UK.
UK production figures for commercial vehicles and engine production were also up 16.7 per cent and 1.3 per cent respectively.
‘UK vehicle production was up 6.6 per cent in September with rises across the car, commercial vehicle and engine sectors, signalling continued improvement in the market,’ said SMMT chief executive, Paul Everitt.
‘In yesterday’s spending review, government outlined some tough decisions, but also committed to a strong growth agenda. Support for low carbon vehicles, skills and R&D will all help to sustain and encourage investment in the UK motor industry.’
by JAMES BATCHELOR