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Exports rise as car production ramped up in November

Britain’s car makers delivered a strong performance in November as manufacturing output rose 9.3%, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

A total of 150,084 cars were built in the month, with growth fuelled by demand from overseas as export production increased 10.8%.

Four in five of the cars produced went to overseas markets.

The latest figures put year-to-date volumes 3.8% ahead of the same period in 2014.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “November’s manufacturing gains are encouraging, and put the car industry in a strong position with one month left in the year.

“Particularly pleasing is the recent pick-up in export production, which is proof that despite challenges in some global markets, the UK continues to build cars that appeal to consumers across the world.”

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