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UK car production up in November

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UK car production rose 8.5% year-on-year to 136,111 in November, according to new figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

There was a 6.1% year-on-year increase in car production to 1,248,012 in the January-November period of this year.

A total of 11,380 commercial vehicles (CV) were produced last month, up 2.2% compared with the corresponding period in the previous year.

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Data showed a 1.7% year-on-year increase in engine production to 227,018 last month, while the January-November figure reached 2,352,642, a 5.3% rise on the first 11 months of 2010.

Paul Everitt, chief executive of the SMMT, said: "UK vehicle and engine production continues to lead a manufacturing recovery. Despite the challenges in the eurozone, the UK motor industry expects further growth in 2012.

"Global vehicle manufacturers have committed more than £4 billion of investment into the UK motor industry, boosting confidence in the sector and securing high-value jobs for the long term."

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