UK engine manufacturing output rises a fifth in March (19.5%) to 271,359 units. Home market delivers 21.4% increase in production for the month – exceeding overseas growth in a reversal of the year-to-date trend.
UK commercial vehicle manufacturing slipped in March, as a surge in demand from overseas customers just failed to counteract a drop in production for the domestic market. 8,041 units were produced in the month, down -4.3% year-on-year.
Exports continued to drive British car manufacturing in March, as demand rose 10.6% in the month. 170,691 cars were built in the UK in March, up 7.3%, with overseas buyers ordering more than 76% of output.