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Increased demand in the UK brought the car manufacturing an increase of 9.7% from January to October and a 6.5% increase in October.

According to Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders data, last month manufacturing for the UK market increase 18.1% compared to the same period last year, while the export sector, which accounts for 85.3% of the total output, saw an increase of only 4.7%.

“The UK automotive industry got back on track in October … but there remain significant challenges as European market demand remains weak,” Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive, said.

In October commercial vehicle output increased 5%, but decreased 6.1% during the first ten months of the year. Engine production was up 1.2% in October and decreased 0.2% over the first ten months of the year. Paul Everitt added that it is of utmost importance the government to continue focusing on boosting the economic growth and enhance competitiveness in the UK.

“Sustained, high-value investment in R&D, facilities and new products is paving the way to a prosperous future for UK automotive, but there remain significant challenges as European market demand remains weak,” said Paul Everitt.