UK car production in the first month of 2017 was the best January performance since 2008.
There was a rise in production and exports, showing demand from overseas is continuing to drive output, although production for UK customers was slightly down compared with January 2016.
Production increased by 7.5%, up to a total of 147,922 units, while exports rose by 10.8%, up to a total of 117,916 units.
Production for UK customers was down 3.6%, with 30,006 units built.
These figures show that 2017 has made a promising start, according to the Society of Motoring Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) boss Mike Hawes. However, he urged the need to secure a future trade deal with the EU following the Brexit vote.
“These latest results highlight, once again, the export-led nature of our industry and the global appeal of our products,” Hawes said.
“Future growth will depend upon maintaining our competitiveness, not least in terms of securing a future trade deal with the EU that allows us tariff-free access to our biggest market and the ability to move goods freely, unimpeded by any bureaucratic restrictions.”