UK car production up 10%

18th May 2012

UK car production rose sharply in April following a surge in exports, official figures have shown.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has revealed that a total of 94,352 cars were produced last month, a rise of 9.3 per cent from the same month in 2011.

The majority of the vehicles were earmarked for export, with 80,936 of the total set to be sent overseas.

Looking at the first four months of the year as a whole, more than 400,000 of the near-half a million cars produced were exported abroad as British-manufactured tyres touched down across the world.

Paul Everitt, the SMMT's chief executive, claimed that the growth of the industry can be attributed to high levels of investment.

He said: "Sustained investment is delivering desirable products to markets around the world and efforts by employees, trades unions and (the)government are helping ensure the UK remains one of the most competitive locations for global automotive companies."

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