A total of 128,873 cars were made in the UK in July

UK car production accelerates ahead in July

The UK’s car manufacturing industry continued to grow last month, according to figures from the SMMT.

A total of 128,873 cars were made in the UK in July – a 7 per cent rise on the July 2012 figure – taking the year-so-far figure to 893,263, which accounts for a 1.9 per cent increase on January to July last year.

Engine production last month rose 26.4 per cent to 232,545 and is up 2.1 per cent for the year so far at just over 1.55 million.

"Car manufacturing is continuing to follow the wider UK trend for more positive economic growth,” said SMMT interim chief executive Mike Baunton.

"We are starting to see slight signs of recovery from Europe which will support stronger production levels this year, and UK manufacturers will continue to build and develop innovative, high-quality products that appeal to a global customer base."

However commercial vehicle (CV) production in July reached only 7,942 – an 11.8 per cent dip on July 2012. CV production for the year so far has totalled 56,459 – a 13.3 per cent fall on the first seven months of last year.

“Commercial vehicle manufacturers continue to battle against weak demand, despite a moderate increase in exports in July,” said Nigel Base, SMMT Commercial Vehicle Manager.

“The outlook for commercial vehicle manufacturing for the rest of the year continues to be tough, especially following the closure of the Ford facility in Southampton at the end of July. However, there are some areas, such as bus and coach production, where we are continuing to see growth as operators take advantage of the wide range of vehicles built in the UK.”

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