September 24, 2015 at 11:00 AM

UK car production fell 11.2% in July compared with last year.

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The SMMT said the traditional shutdown started earlier at some vehicle plants.

The seasonal pause in production allows for maintenance and upgrades. Despite the dip, Mike Hawes, SMMT's chief executive, said: "The industry remains in a strong position.", which makes us think that the industry will have a great year. Last month, the trade association said the British car industry had had its best first half of a year since 2008. More than 911,000 cars have been produced so far this year and demand has grown by 8%. The demand for commercial vehicles was particularly strong, up 137.6% compared with July 2014.

 



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