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A New Car was Produced Every 16 Seconds in March


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A New Car was Produced Every 16 Seconds in March

The UK produced a new car every 16 seconds in March according to The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Car manufacturing increased by nearly 10 per cent official figures by the SMMT revealed this week.

This country built 159,074 cars in March which was the UK’s best performance for 12 years – an increase of 9.8 per cent month on month.

Nearly three quarters (74.4 per cent) were exported out of Britain pushing production for the first quarter of 2016 up by 10.3 per cent to 443,581 cars.

The SMMT revealed that every worker in the automotive industry generated a record £79,700 average amount of value per car built in 2015 – an increase of 1.3 per cent on 2014.

This increase was achieved despite concerns over the scandal involving diesel cars and phony car emissions tests.

The SMMT, which supports and promotes the interests of the UK automotive industry at home and abroad, suggested that future performance could be hit by uncertainty about whether Britain will vote to leave the European Union next month.

There are also concerns about steel supplies for British-based car-makers if TATA ceases UK production.

But SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes is confident that car production in the UK will continue to increase. He said: "These figures demonstrate we are on track for an all-time record for car production by 2020.

"UK car plants were at their busiest for 12 years in March, with a vehicle rolling off production lines every 16 seconds thanks to heightened international demand for British-built cars.

"Much will depend on economic and political conditions in key markets but, with several brand new global models starting production here in the first quarter alone, the prospects for future growth look bright."

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