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News - Car production in the UK continues to rise

Date: 25/07/2014 01:15:30
Category: Car tracking
Author: Jack Stanton

The volume of cars produced in the UK has risen by 3.5 per cent in the first half of 2014.

New figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that 791,314 units were shifted between January and June, 3.5 per cent more than in the same period the previous year. There was an impressive 3.7 per cent month-to-month increase in June alone, accounting for 136,419 vehicles.

The surge can be explained by an increase of new model introductions, according to cardealermagazine.co.uk. It isn't the only rise the UK's car industry has seen this year; production for export has also risen by six per cent.

Mike Hawes, SMMT's chief executive, said: "UK car production continued its steady growth in June, leading to a half-year increase. With several manufacturers having started assembly of new models this year and billions of pounds of investment still to reach production fruition, this is an exciting time for the UK automotive sector," reports sbs.com.

Hawes added: "...with this growth comes a need to bolster the domestic supply chain and address major skills shortages; both of which the UK industry is committed to addressing."

Regarding the influx of new cars that have been introduced this year, KPMG's UK head of automotive John Leech said: "A lot of new models were launched such as the Nissan Qashqai, BMW Mini and Range Rover Sport and I expect a strengthening trend into the second half of 2014. With the Jaguar XE and the new Vauxhall Astra due to be launched early next year, we are on the threshold of a golden era of British car manufacturing."

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