Belfast Telegraph

Motor manufacturing heading on road to record

The turnover from motor industry manufacturing rose last year, with record levels expected to be reached by 2015, it was announced today.

Automotive manufacturing turnover for 2011 was £55bn - a 12% increase on 2010, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said.

Combined car and commercial vehicle production last year reached 1.46m which was a 5.1% rise on the 2010 total.

The SMMT said today that independent forecasts suggested the figure could reach an all-time high of 2m vehicles by 2015.

Vehicles made for export were up 14% last year.

CO2 emissions from manufacturing were down by more than 13% per vehicle produced last year.