Britain bumps up vehicle output

2012-01-22 13:32

The number of cars built in British factories rose 5.8% to more than 1.34 million in 2011 compared with 2010, official figures showed.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) added that engine production grew 4.9% to 2.5 million units.


"UK vehicle and engine production continues to lead the manufacturing recovery, with increased output and exports taking a record-breaking share," SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said in a statement.

"In 2011, vehicle manufacturers renewed their commitment to the UK, securing new model programmes, facilities and jobs for the long term."

Earlier this month, Japanese auto giant Nissan said its factory in Sunderland, northeast England, produced more than 480 000 cars in 2011, a record high for a British plant.