Increased exports from UK car manufacturers has buttressed declining production levels in the country - according to the latest figures from the industry.
The loss of production at MG Rover contributed to an overall 2.8 per cent downturn in the number of cars being built across all brands last month.
There was a particularly savage decline in the number of cars being built for the home market, with 30 per cent less vehicles manufactured.
But export levels remained strong, with the number of car produced for the overseas market rising by 2.5 per cent up in June 2005 compared with the same month in 2004.
The figures, which were revealed by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) yesterday, showed a particularly sharp downturn in production during June.
The total number of cars built in the month fell to 144,252 from 155,451 in 2004, a drop of 7.2 per cent.
Total production for the year so far is 2.8 per cent down on the January-June 2004 period.
The figures also also revealed that production of commercial vehicles in the UK rose 0.5 per cent to 18,251 in June 2005. Production for the year to date - at 110,088 - is 1.1 per cent up on the January-June 2004 total.