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Car production increases by 27.1%

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The number of cars produced in the UK during 2010 went up by 27.1% from the previous year, latest figures have revealed.

Car insurance providers can expect more people buying policies this year as 1.27 million cars were produced in 2010 and put out to sale, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Output of commercial vehicles (CV) soared by 35.7% last year to 123,019, while engine production went up by 16.2% to 2.39 million after a slight decline during December.

December production figures also increased compared with the same month in 2009, with 10.6% more cars and 19.4% more CVs produced.

A massive output decline of 30.9% in cars and 55.3% in CVs was seen in 2009, which could not be offset even by the Government's car-scrappage scheme.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "UK vehicle production is leading the manufacturing recovery.

"UK manufacturers exported more than a million vehicles last year, underlining the competitiveness and desirability of the current model line-up.

"We expect further growth across automotive manufacturing this year as industry continues to invest in new models and a variety of low-carbon technologies."

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