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UK car production speeding up

UK car production accelerated again last month - rising 11.1 per cent compared with November 2009, it was announced today.

A total of 125,458 cars were made in the UK in November 2010, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said. Commercial vehicle (CV) production also rose last month, going up 21.2 per cent to 11,316.

Car production for the year so far is 28.7 per cent up on the January-November 2009 total, while CV production is up 37.1 per cent.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "UK vehicle production has increased in almost every month of 2010 and is driving a manufacturing-led recovery.

"The 11.1 per cent rise in car production in November was almost twice the rate of growth recorded in October, with year-to-date production up by almost 30 per cent on last year.

"Production of commercial vehicles was up 21.2 per cent in November, whilst engine production also returned to growth after a dip in October. This year vehicle and engine production look set to better 2009 performance by some 300,000 units and while sales in 2011 will be challenging both domestically and in key export markets, we expect modest production growth across the board."

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