UK produces 150,591 vehicles in May 2012

Achieves highest monthly car output since 2004.

The Jaguar Land Rover assembly plant at Halewood, Liverpool. Credit: Getty Images

UK automotive plants manufactured 150,591 vehicles in May, the highest level of output since 2004, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Of the total, 141,146 were cars and 9,445 were commercial vehicles (CV). Car manufacturing rose by 42.2 per cent, with year-to-date volumes up 17.3 per cent. Output in CVs, however, was subdued: 9,445 vehicles were produced, a 7.4 per cent decline.

Engine manufacturing increased 13.4 per cent in May, as year-to-date volumes topped the one million mark.

Paul Everitt, chief executive of SMMT, said:

Car manufacturing in May hit the highest level of output since 2004 posting 42.2 per cent growth, a sizable recovery against volumes hampered by last year’s Japanese tsunami. This boost, coupled with robust year-to-date results demonstrates the strength of UK automotive manufacturing and shows why it continues to attract high levels of international investment.

While commercial vehicle output remains subdued, in line with restrained levels of demand, the year’s engine output volume passed one million in May and is more than 40,000 units ahead of last year.