UK car production increased by 3.5% to 157,056 cars in October, boosted by a rise in the number of vehicles sold to Europe.
The latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) shows UK car manufacturing rose by 3.5% in October, with 157,056 cars rolling off production lines.
The growth was driven by exports, which rose 5.0% in the month, boosted by demand for new models in overseas markets.
A total of 82.1% of all UK-built cars (122,765) were shipped abroad in October – the highest proportion this year – with the bulk going to our biggest trading partner, Europe.
Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “It’s encouraging to see positive growth in exports this month and a slight increase in overall output.
“Production for British consumers, however, has continued to fall as domestic demand for new cars decreased for the ninth month this year amidst continued uncertainty over both Brexit and the government’s air quality plans.
“It’s important that confidence is restored to the new car market, as sales of the latest cleaner, greener cars not only address air quality concerns but speed up activity on factory lines across the UK.
“The latest independent UK forecast report is worrying news for the sector, predicting annual output which is, at best, static compared with last year.
“The industry needs stability and a clear roadmap for Brexit if we are to encourage investment and arrest the decline in both the market and business confidence.”
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