UK car production rose in April, with demand growing 5.2% year-on-year, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Some 127,952 cars were built in British factories following a double-digit decline in the same month last year.

Manufacturing for both home and overseas markets grew by 7.3% and 4.7% respectively, with 103,662 cars built for export in the month and accounting for 81.0% of production. However, year-to-date overall output remains down by 3.9%, with a total of 568,378 cars leaving production lines in the first four months.

‘While April’s growth isn’t altogether surprising given the significant decline in output this time last year, it is good to see earlier planned investment into new models delivering results,’ said Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive.

This story uses material from SMMT, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.