UK auto engine output rose 2.9% year on year in April to 217,599 units, as year to date volume inched down 0.3% to 869,048 units.

The SMMT said April growth was powered by export production, up 12.6% to 143,686.

Year to date exports were up 6.7% to 565,250.

"European market recovery and investment in new UK facilities bode well for the industry’s future," the SMMT said.

Engine manufacturing Apr-13 Apr-14 % Change YTD-13 YTD-14 % Change
Total 211,452 217,599 2.9% 871,707 869,048 -0.3%
Home 83,837 73,913 -11.8% 342,135 303,798 -11.2%
Export 127,615 143,686 12.6% 529,572 565,250 6.7%
% export 60.4% 66.0%   60.8% 65.0%