August car output surges due to export orders rise

car production in August was 37.3 per cent higher than a year earlier, and year-to-date output was up by an annual 41.3 per cent, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said yesterday.

SMMT said carmakers turned out 77,882 vehicles in August, some 57,005 of which were destined for export, a rise of 51.8 per cent on the year.

“UK vehicle and engine production continues to lead a strong manufacturing recovery,” said SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt.

Commercial vehicle output rose 22.1 per cent on the year.