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2013 UK car production to hit 1.5m units

The SMMT says UK car plants will have manufactured more than 1.5m cars by the end of the year.

That will be a six-year high, and the SMMT expects the growth, driven by new models coming into the market, to continue into 2014.

It said production had hit 1.42 million units for the first 11 months of 2013.

Mike Hawes, chief executive at SMMT, said: "With output up 4.5% in 2013 to date, UK car manufacturing is on track to pass 1.5 million units this year, the best performance since 2007."

The SMMT said 137,624 cars were made in the UK last month, down 3.6% from the figure in November 2012.

The SMMT predicts UK car output will hit two million a year by 2017.

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