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Robust domestic demand drives UK car production

To date, 530,505 new cars have been built so far this year, although the figure is 1.4% down on the same period in 2014, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has reported.

Production for the domestic market was up 19.4% in the first four months of the year. In contrast the export figure fell 7.0%

For April, the number of cars produced for British customers rose 11.1% to 29,930 units, although the export figure fell 7.6% to 98,382.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “UK car production has escalated in recent years and continues to perform steadily in 2015. Manufacturers across the country are poised to see yet more growth following multi-billion pound investments and, providing global markets perform well, output is on track to reach record levels in the next few years.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 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. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.