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Export demand drives UK car manufacturing to 14-year high

UK car production rose 9.1% in August, driven by strong demand both home and overseas.

Nissan production site in UK

In the year-to-date, more than 877,523 cars have been built for international customers – 13.3% more than in the same period last year

Latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that 109,004 vehicles were manufactured last month – the highest volume recorded for August in 14 years. Production for the domestic market was up 6.2% last month to 27,804 units, while export volumes grew 10.2% to 81,200.

Year to date, the market is up 12% with a total of 1,132,727 vehicles having rolled off British production lines so far in 2016.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “August’s strong performance is good news for car makers and welcome news for the UK economy, which depends on this thriving sector for an increasing share of UK exports. British car producers are exporting a diverse range of high quality, attractive new models that are in demand across the world thanks to multi billion pound investments made in UK plants over the past few years. Future success depends on continued investment in plant and products and that in turn depends on the UK maintaining internationally competitive business and trading conditions.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.