UK car production ‘hits 14-year high’

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1.7 million vehicles were made in Britain in the year to August, an increase of 11.1%, the SMMT said

British car production hit a 14-year high in August, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has said.

Demand rose at home and overseas following an increase in investment in UK car plants, the trade group said.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said it was “good news for car makers and welcome news for the UK economy”.

“[The UK] depends on this thriving sector for an increasing share of UK exports,” he said.

A number of surveys and data have suggested the UK’s decision to leave the EU has had little impact on manufacturing yet, despite previous fears to the contrary.

However, a spokesperson for the SMMT said it was “too early to tell” whether Brexit was affecting the car industry.

According to the group, 109,004 vehicles rolled off British production lines in August, up 9.1% on the same month in 2015.

This was the highest volume recorded for August in 14 years, it said.

Demand from British consumers climbed 6.2% while export volumes were up 10.2%.

In total 1.7 million vehicles were made in Britain in the year to August, an increase of 11.1%, it added.

Mr Hawes said: “British car producers are exporting a diverse range of high quality, attractive new models that are in demand across the world.

“[This is] thanks to multi-billion pound investments made in UK plants over the past few years.”

He said that future success for the industry depended on “continued investment in plant and products”.

“That in turn depends on the UK maintaining internationally competitive business and trading conditions.”

UK car production ‘hits 14-year high’

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