UK car manufacturing rises by 1.1 per cent

The number of cars built in the UK increased by 1.1 per cent in the first half of the year to 764,390 units, figures have shown.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said growth was 4.6 per cent in the second quarter of the year and 10.4 per cent in June.

Four out of five cars built in the UK are exported, but the SMMT said higher output for the home market had boosted volumes.

"Car output in the UK grew during the first half of 2013, up 1.1 per cent, building on a strong 2012 when manufacturing performed above pre-recession levels," said Mike Baunton, SMMT interim chief executive.

"Subdued demand in some European countries has held back production levels this year, but it is encouraging to see a significant rise in volumes destined for UK buyers.

"Our industry is building and developing innovative, high-quality products that appeal to a global customer base and because of this, independent analysts are confident that car output will grow in the long-term despite economic concerns on the continent."

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