UK car production records sixth consecutive month of growth

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UK car production rose again in February, up 14.6% to 79,907 units, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

This marks the best February performance since 2021, driven by output for the domestic market which grew 58.0% to 20,658 units, an increase of 7,585.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: “Another month of growth for UK car production is welcome news, reflecting strong demand at home and around the world for the latest British-built cars.

“The industry is transitioning from internal combustion engine cars to electrified vehicles, building on the massive investment commitments made last year.

“The UK industry faces stiff competition, however, as global competitors seek to secure new models and technologies so a commitment to our industrial competitiveness, from all political parties in this likely election year, must be maintained.”

As manufacturers end production of some long-running models in order to make new electric variants, production volumes may become more variable in the months ahead.

In February, production of electrified vehicles represented more than a third (36.3%) of all output. Factories produced a combined 29,038 units, an increase of 6.0% from the year before.

Overall, UK car production is up 17.8% at 162,904 units to date, marking the best start to the year since 2021.

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