Output from UK car manufacturing industry accelerates in July

UK car manufacturing grew by seven per cent in July, with sites across the country making 128,873 units, according to data form the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) (release).

Of this figure, some 77.6 per cent were exported – down 4.8 percentage points from July 2012.

For the year-to-date, manufacturing volumes have increased by 1.9 per cent to 893,263 units.

Mike Baunton, interim chief executive of SMMT, said:

Car manufacturing is continuing to follow the wider UK trend for more positive economic growth with a 7% rise in July, supporting a 1.9% increase in the year so far. We are starting to see slight signs of recovery from Europe which will support stronger production levels this year, and UK manufacturers will continue to build and develop innovative, high-quality products that appeal to a global customer base.