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UK car production rises in October

Worker at Nissan's Sunderland factory
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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