By Daniel Hunter

UK car production fell in July as the industry felt the impact of the holiday season, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT).

The SMMT said 117,665 cars were made in July, down 11.2% from June when 132,570 cars were built.

In the year so far, production is down 1.4% with just over 900,000 cars built in the first seven months of the year.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: "Car production is traditionally subject to a degree of fluctuation during the quieter summer months with some manufacturers pausing production to invest in upgrades and prepare for new model launches, as well as to manage holiday leave.

"The industry remains in a strong position, with more than 911,000 cars produced so far this year and some significant new model introductions due in the autumn."

More than 80% of cars produced in the UK were exported in July, up 3.2 percentage points from the same month last year.