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March 17, 2011    

UK car production up in February

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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 for the month of February.

UK car production rose 15.1% versus the same month a year ago, the SMMT said, with the total number of cars produced at 111,983.

For the year-to-date, car production is 12% higher than in the same period last year, the Society added.

However, commercial vehicle production was down 3% in February.

Commenting on today’s figures, Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive, said: “The increase in export demand highlights the strength and competitiveness of UK products.”

The figures come shortly after the SMMT revealed UK car sales fell by 7.7% in February compared with the same month in 2010.

However, traditionally February is a quiet month for the car industry, with many waiting for the new number plate in March.

The SMMT said the number of new cars sold in the month was 63,424 – representing the eighth consecutive monthly fall in sales.

The SMMT is urging the Government to consider freezing fuel duty, while “providing stability and certainty on motoring taxes” in this month’s budget.

“Next week’s Budget will be crucial in creating the conditions for further investment in skills, research and development, and capital equipment - all essential for growth and maintaining global competitiveness,” concluded Mr Everitt.

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