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UK car manufacturing reaches YtD level in a decade

Total new car production for October fell 0.7% to 148,976 units with domestic demand down 8.3% but exports up 1.5%

YtD new car production was up 2.8% to 1,318,452 new cars, with domestic demand up 9.7% and exports up 0.9%.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “Despite a small drop in overall output last month, the industry has delivered a robust performance so far this year, particularly in terms of exports. Given the slowdown we've seen in several key global markets in recent months, UK automotive manufacturing still remains in a strong position.”

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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.