British car output rose 15.5% year on year to 158,281 units in September, according to The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Year-to-date volume was 3.3% up to 1,169,408.
Production for the UK home market rose 20.1% to 40,794 last month with exports up 13.9% to 117,307. September’s results followed recent industry projections that said British car manufacturing was on track to achieve record production levels by 2020.
SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: "After the regular summer break, manufacturing plants were back in full swing in September and the gains made by the UK’s car makers are positive. Particularly encouraging is the recent upturn in exports, which are higher than they were in 2014, reflecting growth in key overseas markets such as the rest of Europe.
"The UK’s recent manufacturing successes are hard won and the sector will need ongoing investment and innovation to maintain global automotive competitiveness."

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