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Rise in monthly car production

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The number of cars manufactured in the UK increased in September, but industry leaders warned that tough times lie ahead.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) announced, a total of 142,606 cars were produced in September 2008, 2.4% more than in the same month last year.

The September total took the year-to-date figure to 1.18 million, a 4.2% rise on the January-September 2007 total.

There has also been a rise in commercial vehicle (CV) production last month, which rose by 3.6% to 20,675 to a total 172,535 for the first nine months of this year, a 10% increase on the same period last year.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "UK production continues to demonstrate its strength and resilience, with output up in September.

"We already know that production is being scaled back to reflect demand in global markets and we will see this more clearly in the months ahead.

"It is essential that Government works with industry to protect vital manufacturing capability. This includes measures to support domestic demand and sustain longer-term investment in skills and new technology."

© The Press Association 2008