British car output hit a 10-year high in 2015, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said on Thursday, but fell short of an industry forecast due partly to falling demand in Russia and China.
Output rose 3.9 percent to 1.59 million cars last year, the highest since 2005, helped by a 9 percent increase in the number of models produced by Jaguar Land Rover, which overtook Nissan to become Britain’s biggest automaker.
JLR, which had its first full-year production of its Discovery Sport sports utility vehicle last year and began building its XE sports sedan, made nearly 490,000 cars, just under a third of the national total.
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