UK-based manufacturers of tyres are among those to have benefited from a sharp rise in car production in October, according to new research.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has published a new report which shows that 128,654 cars were made in the UK in October, a rise of 14.1 per cent compared to the same period last year.
The majority of these cars were exported, with 111,607 vehicles earmarked for other countries.
Overall, more than 1.11 million cars have been developed in the UK in the first ten months of this year, a rise of 5.8 per cent from the same period in 2010.
"October was another positive month for UK vehicle production, with car manufacturing at its highest level since March," said Paul Everitt, SMMT's chief executive.
"Strong export demand for UK-built cars and engines is good news for the economy during this difficult period."
The report also showed that engine production rose by 12 per cent in October and is up 5.7 per cent over the first ten months of 2011.