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A car is produced every 20 seconds in Britain

Jaguar Land Rover has helped drive UK carmakers to their best December output in a decade, with the industry producing 109,000 vehicles. It capped the strongest year for car manufacturers since 2007, with over 1.5m cars rolling off production lines in 2014, equivalent to a car every 20 seconds. The figure is 1.2% up on the previous year despite continuing weakness in some export markets. Further rises are forecast over the next 12 months. Mike Hawes, chief executive of industry trade body the SMMT, said: 'Placed in context, a 1.2% growth in UK car manufacturing in 2014 represents a very successful year. The industry has overcome various challenges, including slower than expected EU recovery and weakness in some global markets.'

 

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