Car production up by almost 5%

The UK motor industry has delivered a timely boost for the economy, with figures showing that 142,825 cars came off the production line last month.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) revealed that this is 4.9% higher than during the same period a year ago.

This latest increase in car production took the January-November total to more than 1.36 million, which is 9.2% higher than during the first 11 months of 2011.

However, commercial vehicle (CV) production dropped by 3.6% to 10,974 during the month as engine production also fell by 1.4% to 223,853.

So far during 2012 CV production is at 105,188, which is 5.9% down on the same period from last year, while engine production is at just over 2.34 million - 0.3% down on the first 11 months of last year.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt explained that Britain's car manufacturing fortunes have gradually improved as the year has progressed.

He said the he global appeal of UK-built products is a key factor in the strength of the manufacturing sector.

Meanwhile, the Mercedes E-Class being released next year will include more technology than ever before, with some features meaning the car can drive almost entirely independently.

Mercedes says 11 assistance incorporate on the forthcoming E-Class will also pioneer tech upgrades designed for the still-in-development S-Class.

The brand's latest standard bearer for technology also boasts reduced fuel consumption, lower emissions and an exterior overhaul.

One of the new tech systems being included on the E-Class is the Distronic Plus cruise control, which utilises cameras to help keep a car within its lane.

The cameras also track the speed of the car in front when travelling in congested traffic.

An extension of that system also keeps an eye on neighbouring lanes for oncoming traffic, preventing the E-Class from moving across into different lanes if the road is not clear and there is a risk of a collision.

Another innovation is the Active High Beam Assist, which gives motorists the ability to leave main beam on without worrying about dazzling other drivers because it masks certain parts of the light path as it needs to. 

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