SMMT: UK car production up in August

| September 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

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

UK car production rose 10.7% in August versus the same month a year ago, the SMMT said, with the total number of cars produced at 86,250.

Furthermore, for the year-to-date, car production is 4.4% higher than in the same period last year, the Society added.

Car production has declined over recent months due to disruptions in the supply chain, resulting from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami which struck in March.

Meanwhile, commercial vehicle production rose 9.3% in August at 6,433 units; however, it is 4% lower compared with the corresponding period last year.

In addition, the SMMT said there was a 14.4% increase in UK engine production in August, while the year to date figure was 4.8% higher compared with the same period in 2010.

According to Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive, new investment is boosting production.

He said: “A manufacturing-led recovery is taking shape, with August’s automotive output up more than 10% and a recent wave of private investment securing long-term growth for the UK sector.”

Mr Everitt added that the industry is on track to exceed last year’s production volumes.

The figures come shortly after the SMMT revealed UK car sales saw their first rise in 14 months in August.

According to the trade body, car sales rose by 7.3% in August compared with the same month in 2010, with sales of smaller cars rising by more than 30%.

The SMMT said the number of new cars sold in the month was 59,346 – representing the first rise since summer 2010.

The figures were a welcome boost since August is traditionally one of the slowest months for car sales – ahead of September’s launch of new plates.

Car sales have declined significantly over recent months after the Government’s scrappage scheme expired but the figures suggest that the industry is picking up.

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