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Car production up 8.5 per cent - SMMT

Car production increased by 8.5 per cent last month, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

A total of 136,111 cars were made in the UK in November - an 8.5 per cent increase on the November 2010 figure.

Commercial vehicle (CV) production also rose last month, going up 2.2 per cent to 11,380.

The November 2011 figures took the total number of cars made in the UK in the first 11 months of this year to 1,248,012 - a 6.1 per cent rise on the January-November 2010 total.

CV production for the year so far is 111,743 - a 2.3 per cent fall on the January-November 2010 figure.

A total of 227,018 engines were made in the UK last month - a 1.7 per cent rise on the same month last year. Engine production for the first 11 months of this year is up 5.3 per cent at 2,352,642.

"UK vehicle and engine production continues to lead a manufacturing recovery," said SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt.

"Despite the challenges in the eurozone, the UK motor industry expects further growth in 2012.

"Global vehicle manufacturers have committed more than £4 billion of investment into the UK motor industry, boosting confidence in the sector and securing high-value jobs for the long term."

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