Car manufacturing rose 1.3% in the UK in July to 98,094 units, with 81,960, up 15.9%, exported.

Year to date volume rose 3.7% to 760,946. Exports were up 19% to 632,045.

CV production was down 5.9% to 9,127 in July and off 5.1% to 70,547 year so far.

July engine output slipped 0.4% to 183,513 but was up 4% for the year to date to 1,512,543.

“Economic growth remains fragile but thanks to a strong export market, automotive manufacturing continues to outperform the broader economy,” said SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt.

“SMMT expects vehicle and engine production to continue to rise fuelled by demand in the fast growing BRIC economies, as well as mainland Europe and the US. The UK industry is globally recognised for its high quality, innovative design and exceptional reliability.”