The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have reported UK car manufacturing is continuing to grow. 91,282 cars were built in August, up 16.2% on 2012. This third successive monthly rise pushes year-to-date volumes up 3.1%.
Commercial vehicle output fell in August, declining 51.1% in the month and down 16.6% for the year-to-date. UK engine manufacturing remained stable over the first eight months of 2013, up 0.3%.
August typically sees the year’s smallest volume, due to summer retooling breaks in production. Domestic demand fuelled the total increase but export allocation also rose.
“UK car manufacturing is continuing to grow with global automotive brands building on UK-based design, R&D and engineering expertise to produce some of the world’s most dynamic, dependable and desirable vehicles,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “The past 12 months has been the most productive since late 2008.”