CAR and commercial vehicle production raced ahead last month, with the motor industry lauding some of the best figures for years.
A total of 144,893 cars were produced in the UK in March - a 1.9% rise on the March 2014 figure, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said.
This was the best March figure since 2006 and took the number of cars manufactured in the first three months of this year to 402,193 - a 0.6% dip on the total for January to March 2014.
The SMMT also announced that productivity-per-person levels were at an all-time high. Looking at the past five-year period, 11.5 vehicles were produced a year for each person employed in the industry.
For the period from 2005 to 2009, the figure was 9.3 vehicles produced per employee per year.
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