UK car output accelerates

Tim Wallace
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BRITISH car manufacturers defied weak demand from abroad to increase production again in 2014, industry body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said yesterday.

Over the 12 months a total of 1.53m cars were manufactured, up 1.2 per cent on the year and the highest figure since 2007.

Of those, 332,952 were for the home market – up eight per cent on the year. The majority of 1.2m went to export, down 0.5 per cent.

“More than £7bn of investment into UK production facilities has been announced in the past two years, and we are now seeing the effects as new models begin production – with more expected in 2015,” said SMMT’s Mike Hawes.