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According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Britain’s car manufacturing plants output decreased 8.9% last month.

The decrease was due to the fact that automakers used the summer holiday to upgrade and maintain their factories. The cars produced in the UK last month totaled 78,577 units, and from January to August the number was 955,084 units. Although production in August fell 8.9% compared with July, it remained up 12.7% on the year.

Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive, said: “UK vehicle production is 11.2pc up this year, but down 7pc in August. Volumes are traditionally low and variable in August as manufacturers use the holiday period to undertake important maintenance and facility upgrades.”

Production of commercial vehicles was up 18.3% to 7,608 units, but this segment represents a small share of the total production, which decreased 7% last month. Although the debt crisis and continuous weak demand in Europe concerns automakers, UK’s output will be ensured by stronger demand and new investments from better performing global markets.

Still, automakers in the UK are set to break all-time manufacturing records in the following three years, relying on the multi-billion pound investments made over the past 18 months to boost production, create thousands new jobs and introduce new models.