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UK car production soars

Almost 78,000 cars were built in the UK last month compared with August last year, figures showed today.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders reported healthy production figures showing a 41% increase over the year to date.

Commercial vehicle output increased by 22% in August compared with last year and rose by 41% in the first eight months, while engine production was up 15% for the month and 27% for the year to-date.

"UK vehicle and engine production continues to lead a strong manufacturing recovery," said SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt.

"The UK is an important part of the global automotive industry, exporting cars, commercial vehicles and engines to markets around the world.

"There are still significant challenges ahead and Government must do all it can to encourage continued international investment in UK-based research and development, skills, plant and machinery."

Belfast Telegraph