Car production rose 14.1% in October as a total of 128,654 cars were made in the UK during the month and is up 5.8% over the year-to-date. UK engine production rose 12.0% and is up 5.7% over the first 10 months of 2011.
“October was another positive month for UK vehicle production, with output up 12.5% and car manufacturing at its highest level since March,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Strong export demand for UK-built cars and engines is good news for the economy during this difficult period. Weak UK market demand is a cause for concern and makes it essential that the Chancellor uses his Autumn Statement to help encourage private sector investment and boost economic growth.”