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Car production hits highest level in 17 years

Car production has reached its highest level since 1999, with over 1.6 million models rolling off the production line so far this year, new figures show.

Almost 170,000 vehicles were built in UK factories last month, an increase of 12.8% on November last year and the best total for 17 years.

Production for UK sales increased by 14% in November to 33,745, while exports continued to boom - up by 12.5%.

A record 1.2 million cars have been shipped to overseas markets this year, said the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Chief Executive Mike Hawes said: "Made in Britain is a badge coveted by car buyers worldwide, and these latest figures highlight not just that international appeal but the fact that the UK is a globally competitive place to make cars.

"These latest results are the product of significant investments made over the past few years, but which will continue only if we can maintain the competitive trading conditions that have enabled the UK to become an automotive success story."

Business Secretary Greg Clark said: "Our car manufacturing industry is going from strength to strength and today's figures are further proof of this.

"With production reaching its highest level this century and exports up again, there is no better time to thank our hard-working men and women across the auto sector who have made this possible.

"We are working closely with the SMMT, and others, on building an industrial strategy that will further upgrade our competitiveness, productivity and create high skilled jobs."

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