• UK car production makes further positive gains in April, up 16.4% with 149,334 units built
  • Strong growth in manufacturing for export, with volumes up 23.7% in the month
  • 588,024 cars built in 2016 so far – a 10.8% rise over the same period last year

UK car manufacturing continued to make significant gains in April, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) as 149,334 units were built in the month, a 16.4% increase on April 2015, marking the ninth consecutive month of growth.

Increasing overseas demand for British-built cars was again the driving force behind the growth: production for export jumped 23.7% to 121,732 in April, offsetting a 7.8% decline in cars made for the domestic market.

April's figures bolster an already positive 2016 for UK car output, with 588,024 cars built in the first four months of the year – up 10.8% on the equivalent period in 2015.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: "Britain's car manufacturing sector continues to thrive with a steady domestic market and surging demand from overseas, including our biggest export destination, Europe. This growth represents a significant endorsement of the strength and quality of the UK automotive industry."

John Leech, head of automotive for KPMG in the UK, said: "UK car production continued its impressive double digit growth in April due to recent product launches of the critically acclaimed Jaguar F-PACE and XE and Vauxhall Astra.  This growth was almost entirely from exports – now over 80% of cars made in the UK are exported.  In the early part of this decade a lot of growth came from UK, US, China and Russian markets – now it is largely from the EU.  Sales of cars in the EU are expected to keep growing in 2016 and 2017 as there is substantial pent-up demand.  I forecast UK car manufacturing to be up 15% in 2016, an 11-year high and on track to beat the all-time record by 2020."

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