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UK car industry brimming with optimism.

13 Mar 14  | Manufacturing

The UK automotive industry has been tipped for a bright future as January saw the 23rd consecutive month of growth for new car sales.

A total of 154,562 new units were sold last month as registrations rose by 7.6 per cent year on year, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers (SMMT).

The continued demand for smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles boosted the market as sales of modern classics like the Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus and Vauxhall Corsa signalled promising times for UK manufacturing. says Ford reaffirmed its dominance at the top of the sales charts with its Fiesta shifting 9,072 units on its own, while the Focus placed second with sales of 5,333 vehicles.

Manufacturers have taken heed of successive lifts in sales and have upped their production dramatically. Analysts say Britain's car factories are currently operating at full capacity and could produce a record-breaking two million vehicles per year by 2017.

A number of companies turned to hiring additional members of staff last year to cope with the increase in demand and, according to the SMMT's predictions for the future, many more could announce recruitment drives in 2014.

There's little chance of these jobs being created overseas as Britain is one of very few European nations which has a relatively healthy car market.

Commenting on the findings, SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes told the UK has plenty of reasons to look to the future with optimism.

"As fuel economy is a major consideration for many motorists, ongoing investment by vehicle manufacturers in innovative, fuel-efficient technology is a key factor in the growing demand for new cars.

"Looking ahead, the UK automotive industry expects to see moderate, sustainable growth in 2014."
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