The number of cars built in the UK last month rose by almost 8% compared with July 2016, new figures show. Just over 136,000 vehicles were made in British factories, up 7.8% on July last year. Many carmakers increased production in July ahead of new models going on sale in September and summer shutdowns. However, the number of cars made in the UK in the first seven months of the year fell 1.6% to about one million.
Mike Hawes Chief Executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said: “as long as the economic conditions at home and abroad stay broadly stable, we expect new car production to remain in line with expectations for the rest of 2017.” The number of cars built for the UK market rose by 17.7% to almost 30,000 in July, reversing seven consecutive months of decline. It was the first time that the SMMT had blamed uncertainty over Brexit for the decline in consumer confidence. “Government must act quickly to provide concrete plans regarding Brexit,” Mr. Hawes said earlier this month.