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UK car manufacturing remains flat YtD

The data shows that UK car output fell 0.2% in November, with 137,347 cars produced – down 277.

Year-to-date output saw a drop of 0.3% at 1,419,427 units, with the market now looking unlikely to improve on last year’s performance, which saw car production rise 3.1% to surpass 1.5 million units – the highest volume since 2007.

The SMMT said the figures were down to weakened exports, which were in contrast to continued growth for the home market, but added that the outlook for 2015 was better.

‘Model changes and economic uncertainty in export markets have flattened UK car production, but the industry remains in a strong position with growth expected to return next year,’ said Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive. ‘Global demand for UK automotive engineering continues to be at a high level, and manufacturing plants are seeing the benefits of significant recent investments. UK-built cars offer a vast range of technologies to lower carbon emissions and improve air quality, underlining the country’s important role in the continuing drive to reduce all emissions.’

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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.