Commercial vehicle output in the UK fell by 1.4% to 121,312 in 2011 and was down 2.7% in December, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

UK engine production rose by 4.9% to 2,504,054 in 2011, despite a modest 1.3% fall in December.

UK car manufacturing rose 5.8% to 1,343,810 in 2011 and ended the year with a 1.6% rise in December.

“UK vehicle and engine production continues to lead the manufacturing recovery with increased output and exports taking a record-breaking share,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “In 2011, vehicle manufacturers renewed their commitment to the UK securing new model programs, facilities and jobs for the long term. It is essential that industry and government continue to work in partnership to maximize the opportunities at all levels of the UK supply chain and encourage more investment in R&D, skills and new plant and machinery.”

Said Business Minister Mark Prisk, ”The global vehicle market grew by around 4% in 2011. At the same time, UK vehicle production grew by nearly 6%, demonstrating how the UK has out-performed the market this year. Exports of UK-made cars and commercial vehicles have also risen from 75% to over 80% of total production to meet this growing demand. We have some of the best plants in the UK that are amongst the most productive in Europe. Multi-billion pound investment and the creation of new jobs in the automotive sector demonstrates that the UK can successfully compete for business across the world.”

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