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Car production rises in November

UK car production has risen by 4.5% in November, according to data released by the Office for National Statistics.

The 6,632 unit rise is the highest output level since 2000.

Output for both home and export markets have increased in November, up 7.4 and 3.6% respectively.

Car production is expected to reach 1.65 million units by the end of the year, matching the 2003 total.

SMMT chief executive, Christopher Macgowan says: “This year's performance demonstrates the resilience of UK car production since the period of restructuring at the turn of the decade.

“Our nine volume manufacturers are now on track to produce 1.65 million cars this year and similar volumes in 2005. Growth this year has largely focused on production for export, demonstrating the value and strength of UK manufacturing in a competitive global market.

“Seven out of every 10 cars made in the UK are destined for export and we expect this trend to continue in 2005.”

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