UK car output rose 14.1% in October to 128,654 units and was up 5.8% year-to-date to 1,111,901 vehicles.

Commercial vehicle output dipped 2.9% to 11,337 in October and was down 2.7% to 100,363 in the January-October period.

UK engine production rose 12.0% in October to 236,248 and was up 5.7% to 2,125,624 in the first 10 months of 2011.

“October was another positive month for UK vehicle production, with output up 12.5% and car manufacturing at its highest level since March,” said SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt.

“Strong export demand for UK-built cars and engines is good news for the economy during this difficult period. Weak UK market demand is a cause for concern and makes it essential that the Chancellor uses his Autumn Statement to help encourage private sector investment and boost economic growth.”