U.K. passenger-car production began the year up 15.6% to 127,382 units compared with like-2010, marking a 16-month high. But commercial vehicles slipped 1.2% to 9,844. Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders data also shows U.K. engine production rose 5.0% in January to 227,161 units. “U.K. car production continues to drive manufacturing growth and a rebalancing of the economy,” SMMT CEO Paul Everitt says in a statement. “It is essential government and industry ...

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