UK car production rises in October

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Image caption, SMMT said global car markets were improving

UK car production rose last month, fuelled by growing global demand for British-made models, industry figures have shown.

The number of cars made in October totalled 112,798, a 6% rise on the same month last year, said the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The growth in production of UK-made commercial vehicles was much more pronounced, up 47.1% from a year ago.

SMMT said it signalled "steady improvement in global vehicle markets".

It added that the number of cars built between January and October totalled 1,050,689, a 31% increase on the same period last year.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "The industry's focus on low-carbon technology and its global reach can help generate the private sector growth the country needs."

The biggest car manufacturers in the UK include Japanese firms Honda and Nissan; BMW-owned Mini; and Jaguar Land Rover, which is part of India's Tata Motors.

Ford makes its best-selling Transit van in Southampton.

The UK also has a number of small independent sports car manufacturers, such as Morgan, Bristol and Ariel.

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