By Daniel Hunter

Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have revealed that car production in the country rose to its highest level since 2004.

Industry figures showed the number of cars built month was 42% higher in May this year compared with 2011, as UK factories produced 141,146 cars.

“Car manufacturing in May hit the highest level of output since 2004 posting 42.2% growth, a sizable recovery against volumes hampered by last year’s Japanese tsunami," said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive.

"This boost, coupled with robust year-to-date results demonstrates the strength of UK automotive manufacturing and shows why it continues to attract high levels of international investment.

“While commercial vehicle output remains subdued, in line with restrained levels of demand, the year’s engine output volume passed one million in May and is more than 40,000 units ahead of last year.”

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