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Car production increases by 11.1%

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A report by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has shown an 11.1% hike in UK car production in November, in comparison with the same month last year.

Last month, a total of 125,458 cars were manufactured in the country, according to SMMT.

The study also highlighted a 21.2% rise in commercial vehicle (CV) production to 11,316.

When compared with the January-November period in 2009, car production rose by 28.7% in 2010, while CV production was up 37.1% year on year.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "UK vehicle production has increased in almost every month of 2010 and is driving a manufacturing-led recovery.

"The 11.1% rise in car production in November was almost twice the rate of growth recorded in October, with year-to-date production up by almost 30% on last year.

"Production of commercial vehicles was up 21.2% in November, whilst engine production also returned to growth after a dip in October.

"This year vehicle and engine production look set to better 2009 performance by some 300,000 units and while sales in 2011 will be challenging both domestically and in key export markets, we expect modest production growth across the board."

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