UK car production recovers in 2010 after a troubled 2009

Total car production in the UK rose year-on-year by 27.1 per cent in 2010 to 1.27 million units, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has revealed.

According to its report, car output rose by 27.1 per cent in 2010 to 1.27 million units and was up by 10.6 per cent in December.

Commercial vehicle output also rose by 35.7 per cent year-on-year to 123,019 units and was up 19.4 per cent in December. Car production rose too in December, up 10.6 per cent on 2009's output in the same month.

UK engine output rose by 16.2 per cent in 2010 to 2.39 million units in 2010 over 2009 but slipped by 1.4 per cent in December.

Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive, said: “UK vehicle production is leading the manufacturing recovery with output in 2010 up 27.8 per cent. UK manufacturers exported more than a million vehicles last year underlining the competitiveness and desirability of the current model line-up."

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