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UK car production up 27% in 2010

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by Kay Murchie

Figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) revealed a strong rise in UK car production for the 2010 year.

UK car production grew by 27.1% during 2010 to 1.27 million cars compared with 2009, with growth up 10.6% in December alone.

In addition, commercial vehicles (vans and trucks) also saw a staggering rise of 35.7% for the 2010 year to 123,019.

Commenting on the figures, Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive, said: “UK manufacturers exported more than a million vehicles last year, underlining the competitiveness and desirability of the current model line-up.”

Car production suffered during the recession but the Government’s scrappage scheme boosted sales and production.

The £400 million initiative, which was launched in May 2009 paid drivers of cars at least 10 years old £2,000 off the price of a new vehicle.

However, the ‘cash for bangers’ scheme ended on 31 March.

Earlier this month, the SMMT said it is expecting the UK’s motor industry to face a challenging few months amid “difficult conditions”.

Looking ahead, the Society is forecasting a 5% decline in sales for 2011, as difficult market conditions continue.

However, the Society expects demand to strengthen in the second half of 2011.

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