New-car production in the U.K. rose 3.1% in 2013 to 1,464,906 units, the highest volume since 2007, prompting predictions that output will reach record levels of about 2 million by 2017. Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders CEO Mike Hawes says the region could become Europe’s third-largest car producer. “2013 demonstrated the value of the U.K.’s diverse car-manufacturing industry, as surging home demand and robust exports outside Europe saw output grow,” he says ...

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