The export slump was to be expected because of a sharp downturn in most Continental markets, the SMMT said. It said September car production for the home market rose by 61.6 per cent to 69,269, showing that some manufacturers were building stocks after the August sales boom. The increase also reflects Nissan's production of the new Micra as well as output from Toyota's plant in Derby and Honda at Swindon.
A spokesman for the SMMT said: 'While the figures appear encouraging, the downturn within the EC and the hesitancy of the UK marketplace suggest that immediate future prospects must be regarded with caution.'Reuse content