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UK car production up 1.3% in July

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The number of cars produced in the UK rose 1.3% year-on-year to 98,094 last month, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

New figures released by the SMMT showed a 3.7% year-on-year increase in car production to 760,946 in the first seven months of this year, with new owners set to be rushing to car insurance providers to take out the quality cover.

A total of 9,127 commercial vehicles were produced last month, down 5.9% compared with the corresponding period in 2010, while the January-July figure dropped 5.1% year-on-year to 70,547.

There was a 0.7% fall in engine production to 183,513 last month, while the year-to-July figure reached over 1.5 million, up 4% year-on-year.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "Economic growth remains fragile but thanks to a strong export market, automotive manufacturing continues to outperform the broader economy.

"We expect vehicle and engine production to continue to rise fuelled by demand in the fast-growing Bric (Brazil, Russia, India and China) economies, as well as mainland Europe and the US. The UK industry is globally recognised for its high-quality, innovative design and exceptional reliability."

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