Car production increases by 15.6%
Car production in the UK has risen by 15.6% over the last month compared to the same period last year, new figures have shown.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said 127,382 vehicles were produced in January. The figure increased for the eighth month in a row and saw its biggest rise in 16 months.
SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "UK car production continues to drive manufacturing growth and a rebalancing of the economy.
"Success in markets around the world is a tribute to the quality and competitiveness of UK production facilities, management and employees. It is essential government and industry continue the successful partnership that has helped deliver new investment and supply chain opportunities to secure long-term prosperity and jobs."
Motorists interested in buying a new car are urged to ensure their car insurance has been transferred from the old to the new vehicle before they take it on the road.
Meanwhile the SMMT reported a slight drop in commercial vehicle production figures, which were down 1.2% to 9,844 last month. A total of 227,161 engines were produced, still an increase of 5% compared to the previous January.
Copyright Press Association 2012