British car production continued its growth in September according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
Output rose 15.5% compared with September last year with 158,281 units produced, while year-to-date volumes were 3.3% up on the same period in 2015 at 1,169,408 cars produced in 2015 so far.
As seen in previous months, production for the UK market led the way with a gain of 20.1% – but new car exports were not far behind with a robust 13.9% increase in volumes. September’s results follow latest industry projections that set British car manufacturing on track to achieve record production levels of two million by 2020.
SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: “After the regular summer break, manufacturing plants were back in full swing in September and the gains made by the UK’s car makers are positive. Particularly encouraging is the recent upturn in exports, which are higher than they were in 2014, reflecting growth in key overseas markets such as the rest of Europe.”