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UK car production jumps in June

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by Kay Murchie

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

Car production surged 28.6% against the same month a year ago, while production for the first half of 2010 is 55% higher than the same period last year,

The SMMT said there were 118,000 cars produced in June - the eighth month in which production increased.

Meanwhile, the SMMT said commercial vehicle production rose 24.9% to 10,656 in the month.

Commenting on today’s figures, Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive, said: “Continued investment in new products and technology is helping to sustain growth for the sector.”

However, he added: “The coming months remain uncertain and sustaining economic recovery in major markets around the world remains the industry’s top priority”.

In the last year or so, the motor industry has been boosted by the scrappage scheme. The £400 million initiative, which was launched in May 2009 to boost the ailing car industry, 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.

Despite the scheme‘s expiry, motor industry analysts have been encouraged by the continued growth in car sales and production.

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