UK Car Production Rises By 0.3%

19 April 2012 16:30 - Mark Maffia

    



UK Car Production Rises By 0.3%

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) UK car production in March rose 0.3% from a year earlier to 135,456. However, commercial vehicle production slowed considerably only totalling 9,648 in March a 21.3% on March 2011 as demand from overseas fell sharply. Engine production also fell in March by 8.7%. Car production for the first quarter of this year was at 401,134 which was 12.3% on the same quarter last year. The number of cars produced for the UK market rose by 9.3% in March, but cars made for exports fell by 1.8%. 

Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive said, “Car production held firm in March contributing to 12.3% growth during the first quarter of 2012.” He added, “Challenging economic conditions in mainland Europe are a concern, but the sector continues to win business in important and faster-growing export markets. The prospects for the UK motor industry are extremely good with new investment, commitment and jobs being created by global automotive companies.” Mr Everitt also described 2011 as an important year for the auto industry’s efforts to curb emissions. He said, “The UK motor industry recognises its responsibilities and the industrial opportunities from the transition to ultra-low carbon vehicles. Future environmental and economic success will be determined by sustained investment in new technology, infrastructure and consumer incentives.”

 

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