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UK Car Production Hits 12-year High In March

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Growth in UK car production could be placed in jeopardy if the country’s steel industry is allowed to crumble, the SMMT warns.

Car production in the UK reached a 12-year high last month with factories completing a new vehicle every 16 seconds, according to industry figures. Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 10.03.00

Over 159,000 cars rolled off UK production lines in March, a rise of nearly 10% on the same month last year. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said the jump reflected the production of several new models for the global market and a revival in Wales, but cautioned that momentum was potential threatened by the perilous state of the country’s steel industry.

In the first three months of the year, record productivity meant 443,581 cars were produced – a figure not bettered since 2004.

The majority of cars were produced for markets abroad, with exports growing by 11%.

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