UK car industry continuing strong performance
14 June 2012
Britain's car manufacturing industry is continuing to perform strongly as plants post record production figures.
In the latest report by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), it revealed that May saw the highest figures for the month since 2004, highlighting the industry's growing confidence.
The SMMT reported that 141,146 cars were produced last month, culminating in a 42.2 per cent increase for May with year-to-date volume sales also growing 17.3 per cent.
Britain is now competing well within the global car manufacturing market with many UK plants gaining major international contracts, such as Sunderland's Nissan facility, which was chosen to build the company's new hatchback from 2014.
Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive, said: "While commercial vehicle output remains subdued, in line with restrained levels of demand, the year’s engine output volume passed one million in May and is more than 40,000 units ahead of last year."
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