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UK car production up 6.5% in October

The UK produced 137,028 vehicles in October, which was a 6.5% increase and car manufacturing is up by 9.7% year-to-date.

According to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) engine output also increased by 1.2% and commercial vehicle (CV) production increased by 5% in October.

However, CV production is down 6.1% year-to-date and engine production is also down slightly by 0.2%.

Total vehicle production was up 6.4% in October and up 8.4% year-to-date.

Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive, said: “The UK automotive industry got back on track in October with vehicle manufacturing up 6.4% and a 1.2% increase in engine output.

"Sustained, high-value investment in R&D, facilities and new products is paving the way to a prosperous future for UK automotive, but there remain significant challenges as European market demand remains weak. It is essential government continues to focus on boosting economic growth and enhancing UK competitiveness."

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