UK car production saw a 0.3% rise in March to 135,456 units, according to new figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive, said: “Car production held firm in March contributing to 12.3% growth during the first quarter of 2012.
“Challenging economic conditions in mainland Europe are a concern, but the sector continues to win business in important and faster growing export markets.
“The prospects for the UK motor industry are extremely good with new investment, commitment and jobs being created by global automotive companies.’’
Commercial vehicle output fell by 21.3% in March, and was down 9.6% over the first three months of the year. Engine production also fell in March by 8.7% and dipped by 0.5% over the year-to-date.