Car production levels have experienced a 0.7 per cent fall on the same month last year

Car production down but figures still 'robust'

Car production levels fell back slightly last month, official figures showed today.

A total of 137,458 cars were made in the UK in February 2013 – a 0.7 per cent fall on the same month last year, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said.

However, the slight decrease should be measured against the fact that the February 2012 car production total was a massive 26 per cent up on that of February 2011.

With Ford running down its production this year, total commercial vehicle (CV) production was 17.1 per cent down last month at 8,005 and there was also a fall, of 5.0 per cent, in engine production, which totalled 220,466 last month.

Car production for the first two months of this year is up 0.2 per cent at 266,507 while CV production is down 18.8 per cent at 15,827 and engine production is down 5.1 per cent at 440,223.

SMMT interim chief executive Mike Baunton said: "Following the outstanding rise a year ago, it's pleasing to see car production continuing to maintain those robust manufacturing levels.

"The UK's commercial vehicle makers continue to feel pressures of weak economic conditions in wider Europe, with engines also following suit. However, independent forecasters expect to see more sustained levels through the rest of the year ahead."

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