Carmakers set to motor past British record
New figures show that more cars – some 5,000 a day – are being produced in Britain than since the collapse of Rover.
With hopes that Honda's struggling Swindon plant is in recovery, and that Toyota will win more hybrid models to assemble in Derbyshire, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said that 1972's all-time production record of slightly more than 1.9m cars would be broken by 2020.
The latest industry figures show that March production was up 9.8% on last year, taking total Q1 output to 443,581 cars.
According to the SMMT, a car is rolling off a British assembly line every 16 seconds, the fastest rate of production since 2004, the last year of full production at Longbridge before the end of MG Rover.
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