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Brakes are on as car production falls by 5%

Car production slipped last month, with the number of vehicles manufactured falling by nearly 5%.

A total of 99,280 cars were made in the UK in May, a 4.9% dip on the May 2010 figure, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said.

Commercial vehicle production also fell, decreasing 5.0% to 10,205.

Despite the dip, car production is up for the year so far, totalling 542,816, a 4.6% rise on the January-May 2010 figure.