138,296 cars were made in the UK in February

Car production up 23.5 per cent

Car production in the UK in February was up 23.5 per cent on the February 2011 figure.

Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show a total of 138,296 were made in February, and a total of 226,848 engines were made – 3.6 per cent more than in February 2011.

Commercial vehicle (CV) production slowed however, dipping 2.7 per cent to 9,655.

Car production is up 19.6 per cent for the first two months of this year compared with January-February 2011, while CV production is down 2 per cent and engine production is up 4.3 per cent.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "The car manufacturing rise last month maintains the trend of strong export-led growth and confirms the importance of manufacturing to a rebalanced and prosperous economy.

"The UK automotive sector continues to attract investment and generate new jobs.

"Despite recent success, there can be no complacency and it is essential the Chancellor uses next week's Budget to deliver on its growth strategy and boost the UK's competitiveness by encouraging private sector investment in research and development, capital equipment and skills."

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