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Car production rises in April

UK car production in April rose 10.6% year on year, according to the Government statistics office.

Home market production of 37,439 cars was 3,510 units or 10.3% higher than in April 2004 (33,929).

Export output of 105,866 cars was 10,179 cars or 10.6% higher than April 2004’s 95,687. Commercial vehicle production rose 20.5% (3,221) from 15,694 in April 2004 to 18,915 in April 2005.

Home market production in April 2005 was up 33.4% (1,878) to 7,507.

Export production rose 1,343 (13.3%) to 11,408.

“Despite problems at Longbridge, figures show that the UK still has a strong vehicle manufacturing base”, says Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders chief executive Christopher Macgowan.

“What we need to ensure is that Government delivers on its promise to regulate with a lighter touch, to minimise the cost burden and maintain the competitiveness of UK manufacturing. The Better Regulation Action Plan, outlined this week by Gordon Brown, is a positive step to help us achieve that.”

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