Belfast Telegraph

British car production is motoring ahead

By Peter Woodman

Uk car production accelerated ahead last month, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) announced yesterday.

A total of 98,094 cars were produced in the UK in July 2011 1.3% up on the July 2010 figure.

But commercial vehicle (CV) production fell last month, dipping 5.9% to 9,127.

At 760,946, car production for the first seven months of this year is up 3.7% compared with the January-July 2010 period.

CV production for the year so far is down 5.1% at 70,547.

A total of 183,513 engines were made in the UK last month - 0.7% fewer than in July 2010.

Engine production for the year so far, however, is up 4% at more than 1.5 million.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "Economic growth remains fragile but thanks to a strong export market, automotive manufacturing continues to outperform the broader economy.

"We expect vehicle and engine production to continue to rise fuelled by demand in the fast-growing Bric (Brazil, Russia, India and China) economies, as well as mainland Europe and the US. The UK industry is globally recognised for its high-quality, innovative design and exceptional reliability."


The amount of cars that were produced in the UK last month - up 1.3% on the July 2010 figure