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UK car production sees slight dip in January

UK car production fell slightly by 0.3% in January to 129,049 units, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Despite the slight fall, analysts are expecting an increase in production in the UK this year as newly introduced models move to full-scale production.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “UK car manufacturing made a solid start to 2014, matching the strength of January last year.

“We expect domestic car output to accelerate throughout 2014 as new model introductions reach full volume.

“Looking further ahead, we anticipate further growth as investments by some of the world’s biggest automotive brands become reality, creating more jobs and huge opportunities for UK-based suppliers.”

A European new car market recovering would give UK production a significant boost, with currently 50% of UK made cars exported to the EU.

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