Manufacturers of tyres in the UK are among those to have profited from a rise in car production over the past month.
New figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has revealed that 136,051 cars were produced in September, a rise of around 7.5 per cent from the same month last year.
Development of commercial vehicles rose by 6.2 per cent in September to 12,046, while the number of engines made during the month increased by 6.6 per cent to 244,270.
Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive, said: "September saw a 7.4 per cent increase in UK vehicle manufacturing, confirming a positive trend we expect to continue into 2012.
"Major new investment by vehicle manufacturers is opening up opportunities for UK-based suppliers, helping to drive the economic recovery and private sector investment."
A total of 1,072,273 vehicles have been made during for the year-to-date, an increase of 4.2 per cent from the first nine months of 2010.