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UK car production up sharply in June

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Published: 22nd Jul 2010 09:42:37

UK car production increased sharply in June, figures have shown, rising 28.6% on the same month last year.

Almost 118,000 cars were produced in June, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

"Continued investment in new products and technology is helping to sustain growth for the sector," said Paul Everitt, the SMMT's chief executive.

Figures released earlier this month showed that UK new car sales rose 10.8% in June compared with a year earlier.

The SMMT said the rise in car production was mirrored across both commercial vehicle and engine production.

However, it did warn that the "coming months remain uncertain and sustaining economic recovery in major markets around the world remains the industry's top priority".

Production could in fact fall in the short term due to the government's austerity measures being introduced to cut the budget deficit, the body said.

"We expect to see the rate of growth slow down and even see minor drops in the next couple of months," the SMMT's Nikki Rooke told the BBC.

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