British car manufacturing on the rise

Car production in the UK increased at its fastest pace this year in October, according to official statistics.

AAP reports that figures released in the UK by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that 160,854 vehicles were produced in the UK in October. This was a 17.4 per cent increased compared to the same time last year.

The increase for October means that so far this year 1.28 million vehicles have been manufactured in the UK. This is a 5.4 per cent rise compared to the same time last year.

Commenting on the result, SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said, “More than 15 brands build 50-plus models of car across the UK with volume and niche offerings providing a wealth of choice for our home and export markets.

“With European demand showing early signs of recovery, we expect production to continue positively in the coming months.”

As the Guardian reports, the figure for commercial vehicle production was 7,825 in October. This was a decrease of 33.8 per cent compared to the figure for October 2012. Total commercial vehicle production for the year so far is at 75,484 vehicles. This is a fall of 19.9 per cent.

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