A total of 142,825 cars were manufactured in the UK in November 2012

Car production increased by five per cent

Car production accelerated ahead last month, rising almost five per cent.

A total of 142,825 cars were manufactured in the UK in November 2012 – a 4.9 per cent increase on the November 2011 figure, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said.

Commercial vehicle (CV) production fell 3.6 per cent last month to 10,974, while engine production slipped 1.4 per cent to 223,853.

The November figure took car production for the first 11 months of this year to more than 1.36 million – a 9.2 per cent rise on the January-November 2011 total.

CV production for the year so far is down 5.9 per cent at 105,188, while engine production is 0.3 per cent down at just over 2.34 million.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "UK car manufacturing has gone from strength to strength in 2012.

"The global appeal of UK-built products is a key factor in the strength of our manufacturing sector, supported by world-leading productivity and a dedicated and flexible workforce."

He added: "This is good news, but there can be no room for complacency. The development of a long-term industrial strategy and consistent support by government is essential to secure future success and more opportunities for the UK-based supply chain."

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