The UK commercial vehicle industry more than doubled its output in September to 9,811 units, data from The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showed. With key new models now up to full production – and sales helped by the ongoing recovery in Europe – output last month increased 103.6% over September last year.

Manufacturing for both domestic and export markets made strong gains, with volumes up 94.3% to 4,900 and 113.9% (to 4,911) respectively. Year to date production was up 40.7% to 71,406 units with exports up 33.3% to 35,010 vans and trucks.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: "The British commercial vehicle industry’s continued recovery is great to see, with significant investments into new models reaping benefits and helping overcome structural changes. Manufacturers are capitalising on increasing demand for CVs across the rest of the EU – the sector's principal export market – as well as in the UK, where registrations have grown consistently throughout this year."