UK car production rose by 2.5% year on year in October to 149,654 units and output has risen in all but one month so far with YTD production up 12.1% to 1,391,772 units.

Rising exports continue to lead growth with a 5.5% gain in November though home market production fell 2.9%.

Commercial vehicle production increased by 12.2% in October to 19,761 units compared with 17,607 in October 2001 but YTD production of 162,634 was 0.2% lower than last year.

Exports continued to grow, up by 14.7% on last October and home market output bucked the downward trend by climbing 8.3%. YTD output is, however down 22.2%.