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UK car production boost in February

UK car production rose by 23.5% to 138,296 units in February and was up 19.6% over the year-to-date.

Paul Everitt, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) chief executive, said: “February maintains the trend of strong export-led growth and confirms the importance of manufacturing to a rebalanced and prosperous economy.

“The UK automotive sector continues to attract investment and generate new jobs. Despite recent success there can be no complacency and it is essential the Chancellor uses next week’s Budget to deliver on its growth strategy and boost the UK’s competitiveness by encouraging private sector investment in R&D, capital equipment and skills.”

Commercial vehicle output fell slightly by 2.7% in February and was down by 2% over the first two months of the year.

UK engine production increased by 3.6% in February and 4.3% over the year-to-date.

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