21 per cent rise in cars for home market

A total of 33,813 cars were manufactured for the domestic market last month, a 21.1% rise on the February 2014 figure, the SMMT said
A total of 33,813 cars were manufactured for the domestic market last month, a 21.1% rise on the February 2014 figure, the SMMT said

There has been a big rise in the number of cars made for the home market in the early part of this year.

A total of 33,813 cars were manufactured for the domestic market last month, a 21.1 per cent rise on the February 2014 figure, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) announced.

However, a 9.2 per cent dip in production for export meant the total number of cars made in the UK last month slipped 2.9 per cent to 129,915.

So far this year, UK car production has reached 257,300 - a 2.0 per cent fall on the first two months of 2014.

Export production is down 7.8 per cent but production for the home market is up 20.4 per cent.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: “The outlook for the car manufacturing sector continues to be upbeat. More than a quarter of a million cars have been made in Britain so far this year - a steady performance, which has been led by a strong domestic market.”

He went on: “The UK’s appetite for British-built cars has consistently grown, with the number of cars produced for the home market increasing 51.9 per cent since 2011.

“However, political instability abroad has hit certain export areas which will invariably have a small impact on total output.”