Updated: January 17, 2013 2:26 AM | By The Associated Press, thecanadianpress.com

UK sets record for car exports in 2012



UK sets record for car exports in 2012

The front grille of a Rolls-Royce car is seen at a showroom in London, on Oct. 1, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Akira Suemori

LONDON - An auto industry group says British factories set a record for car exports in 2012 with 1.2 million shipped abroad.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said Thursday that exports rose by nearly 8 per cent while production for the home market was up 15 per cent.

The Society said total production including commercial vehicles was 1.6 million, the highest since 2008.

The group's chief executive, Paul Everitt, said the outlook for 2013 is positive with faster-growing global markets making up for weakness in Europe.

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