Car production increases 5.8%

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Car production increased by 5.8% last month compared with September last year, signalling a continued improvement in the motor industry, new figures showed today.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said 126,548 cars were built, bringing the total so far this year to 937,891, a 35% increase on last year.

Commercial vehicle production increased by 16.7% last month to 11,339, taking the total so far this year to 91,527, an increase of 38% on last year.

Total vehicle production increased by 6.6%, while engine production increased by 1.3% in September to 229,209.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "UK vehicle production was up 6.6% in September with rises across the car, commercial vehicle and engine sectors, signalling continued improvement in the market.

"In yesterday's spending review, Government outlined some tough decisions, but also committed to a strong growth agenda. Support for low carbon vehicles, skills and R&D will all help to sustain and encourage investment in the UK motor industry."