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UK car production dips in May due to spring shutdown

The drop follows a 21.3% in April to 133,437 units, the biggest monthly rise since July 2012, as full-scale production of new models boosted output at car plants nationwide.

The SMMT said that the year-to-date output is still positive with 654,895 cars produced – marking a 3.5% growth.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: ‘The prospects for the coming months and years, however, are still bright; new UK-built models will benefit from growing demand across Europe, while significant investments in UK manufacturing operations are moving closer to production readiness.’

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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.