UK car production increased 6.3% year on year to 153,542 units though year-to-date volumes rose just 0.4 per cent to 1,248,866.

September export production rose 18.3% year on year to 106,819 units and is up 7.2% to 835,096 year to date.

SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said: "The increasing strength of the export market, driving UK production, is compensating for the slowdown in home output. This clearly demonstrates growing worldwide confidence in the UK as a competitive base to build new cars."

In contrast, commercial vehicle production fell 13.7% year on year to 17,107 units, with export production declining 23% to 9,200.

Year to date production is down 2.3% to 136,123 with home market production up 8.1% to 62,420 and export production down 9.6% to 73,703.

"UK manufacturers are making solid ground from the buoyant home market despite the constraints of a weak export market. Full year output should remain close to 190,000 units," Macgowan said.

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