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December 18, 2009    

UK car production up 15.7% on year

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by Kay Murchie

Figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) revealed a rise in UK car production.

Car output rose 15.7% in November compared with a year earlier - the first time car output rose since September 2008.

According to the SMMT, there were 112,948 cars made in November and so far this year, 914,117 cars have been produced in the UK - however, 34.4% lower than a year ago.

The SMMT said the scrappage scheme continues to boost production. The scheme pays consumers £2,000 to get rid of their old cars and replace it with a more environmentally friendly car.

However, the production of commercial vehicles slumped 16.2% in November compared with the same month a year earlier - however, this is the smallest fall in the last 14 months.

Commenting on the figures, SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt, said: “Whilst the November figures represent the smallest recorded fall in the past 14 months, the sector is still down almost 60% on the year to date.”

“Total vehicle production is still well below previous levels and 2010 is set to be another tough year with considerable uncertainty at home and abroad,” he added.

“It is essential that governments continue to sustain and strengthen economic recovery, improving access to credit and encouraging investment in new technologies and products,” concluded Mr Everitt.

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