By Marcus Leach

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have released data that shows car manufacturing in the UK rose 10.7% in August compared with the same month last year.

Production for the year to date was 4.4% higher than in 2010, with the recovery expected to continue into next year.

Key data:

- Car manufacturing rose 10.7% in August and is up 4.4% over the first eight months of 2011.

- Commercial vehicles output grew 9.3% in August, but remains down 4.0% over the January-August period.

- UK engine production rose 14.4% in August and is up 4.8% over the first eight months of the year.

"A manufacturing-led recovery is taking shape, with August's automotive output up more than 10% and a recent wave of private investment securing long-term growth for the UK sector," Paul Everitt, SMMT's chief executive said.

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