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Car production dips in February

<p> <strong>UK car production fell by 0.7% in February to 137,458 units due to such a strong performance a year ago, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).</strong></p> <p> UK production for export dropped by 9.8% in February from 113,255 units to 102,207 units.</p> <p> Mike Baunton, SMMT interim chief executive, said: "Following the outstanding rise a year ago, it's pleasing to see car production continuing to maintain those robust manufacturing levels.</p> <p> “The UK’s commercial vehicle makers continue to feel pressures of weak economic conditions in wider Europe, with engines also following suit. However, independent forecasters expect to see more sustained levels through the rest of the year ahead."</p> <p> Commercial vehicle output fell 17.1% in February to 8,005 units. The 2.6% rise in CV output for the home market in February could not offset the decline in export volumes.</p>

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