More cars on UK roads as manucaturing reaches 16-month high

16th February 2012

UK car manufacturing has risen significantly in the past 12 months, reaching 127,382 units in January.

This was an increase of 15.6 per cent over the month, with engine production also increasing by five per cent to 227,161, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Commercial vehicle production actually fell slightly, however, dipping by 1.2 per cent to reach 9,844 for the first month of the year.

Paul Everitt, chief executive of the SMMT, said: "UK car production continues to drive manufacturing growth and a rebalancing of the economy.

"Success in markets around the world is a tribute to the quality and competitiveness of UK production facilities, management and employees."

With increasing manufacturing rates, aftermarket sales of tyres, brakes and car batteries is also likely to rise.

The new figures follow a report  by Aviva, which indicated that consumers are becoming much more keen on smaller cars such as the Mini, Peugeot 207 and Volkswagen Golf, at the expense of larger saloons.

Posted by Danielle Barge