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UK car production up in September

Worker at Mini factory in Oxford
Image caption The SMMT says the UK car industry remains resilient

UK car production increased again last month, industry figures have shown.

A total of 126,548 cars were built at UK factories in September, 5.8% more than a year ago, said the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

It added that this brought the total made so far this year to 937,891, a 35% rise on the same nine months in 2009.

The SMMT said investment in the UK car industry should remain resilient despite the impact of the government's public sector spending cuts.

Production of commercial vehicles at UK factories also rose last month, up 16.7% to 11,339.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "In yesterday's spending review, government outlined some tough decisions, but also committed to a strong growth agenda.

"Support for low carbon vehicles, skills and research and development will all help to sustain and encourage investment in the UK motor industry."

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