ERJ staff report (BC)
London - UK car manufacturing broke all-time export records in 2012, with volumes sent overseas exceeding 1.2 million, up 8% on last year, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
Total vehicle output is reported to have increased 8% last year to 1.58 million units, the highest level since 2008.
Car output rose 9% in 2012 to 1.46 million units, ending the year with a 6% rise in December.
Paul Everitt, SMMT CEO, said: â€œ2012 was a very good year for UK car production with record levels of exports and volumes at their highest since 2008.
â€œThe outlook for 2013 remains positive with demand in many faster growing global markets offsetting the continued weakness in European economies. The Â£6 billion of investment committed to UK facilities, new model programmes and R&D signals a bright future and many new opportunities for companies in the supply chain. These remain extremely challenging times and it is essential [that] industry and government continue to work together to secure long-term industrial growth.â€
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