Output from the UK’s car plants is still running ahead of last year despite falling for the second month running in June, figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders showed.
Volumes dipped by 4.4 per cent to 131,468 units but were up by 7.9 per cent on a year-to-date basis at 824,591.
Production of vans and trucks surged by 12.7 per cent to 21,527 in June and was 10.5 per cent ahead at 121,507 over the first six months of the year.
The growth in the commercial sector reduced the deficit in total vehicle production June to 2.3 per cent and yielded an annual gain of 8.2 per cent, bringing the total to 946,098.
So far this year UK carmakers have exported 77.1 per cent of their output and CV companies have shipped 62.1 per cent of their output abroad.
SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: “Car production remains up 7.9 per cent for the year-to-date but fell slightly for the second successive month in June.
“At the British International Motor Show at ExCeL London this week, I showed Prime Minister Gordon Brown a selection of the vehicles produced in the UK. He took great interest and commented that he is looking to provide incentives for the take-up of electric and greener vehicles.
“Manufacturers discussed with him how they are working to develop a portfolio of technologies to deliver lower carbon motoring.
“The main message coming through from industry is that a stable economic framework is needed in which to compete.
“Commercial vehicle production continues to rise with both home and export volumes up and growth in both the lighter and heavier end of the market.”