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UK car production continues to climb

23 January 2004 #SMMT News #UK Manufacturing

Production figures released today by the Office for National Statistics/SMMT show:

  • UK car output rose 1.7 per cent to 1,657,558 million units in 2003
  • Production for export reaches record 69.2 per cent output share
  • December’s output leaps 15.4 per cent boosting year-end total

Commenting on car production last year, SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘The UK is a major player in global car production and today’s figures confirm that. With nine key manufacturers and a strong specialist sports car industry, Britain boasts a wider production base than any other European country. This continued growth is therefore particularly encouraging against a backdrop of falling output across continental Europe.’

Best December production volume since 1997

Provisional output data released today by the Office for National Statistics show that:

  • December CV output up 27.1 per cent on December 2002
  • For the whole of 2003 it was down, just 1.3 per cent on 2002

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