December production figures show sixth consecutive growth

Motor production figures from December helped the UK industry to its sixth consecutive record month, according to new statistics.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reports that there were some 102,591 cars made in Britain last month – a 21 per cent increase on figures from a year previous.

In total, 83,691 vehicles were exported from the UK, contributing to a combined amount of 1.19 million vehicles over the course of 2007.

Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive, comments that the statistics "reinforce the UK’s strength and breadth as a global manufacturing base".

"December recorded the sixth consecutive month of growth in car production. The final quarter also saw the strongest increase in output since 1985, up 21.7 per cent," he added.

Paul Everitt took over the role of chief executive of the SMMT at the turn on the year.

Before him, the job belonged to Christopher Macgowan.

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