Record increase in car production
- Biggest gain for 34 years
- 101,190 cars built in UK
- Fears as scrappage nears end
Car production in the UK rose sharply in January, jumping by 64.8% from the same period in 2009.
The increase in production is the largest year-on-year increase in monthly car production since May 1976, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
SMMT figures reveal that a total of 101,190 cars were built in January.
Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive, said: 'Vehicle and engine production rose for a third successive month in January, demonstrating the continued success of global scrappage incentive schemes.'
Scrappage – the end is nigh
However, there are worries that car production in the UK could decline over the coming months, because the Government's scrappage incentive will come to a close by the end of next month.
Calculations from the SMMT indicate that the UK scrappage scheme has been responsible for around 20% of all new car sales since it was introduced.
However, Everitt is optimistic that the recovery in sales and manufacturing will continue beyond the scrappage scheme. 'The SMMT expects a modest recovery in 2010 output as economic growth, a competitive exchange rate and the introduction of innovative new models to UK factories help to lift manufacturing levels above those seen in 2009.'
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