Sales are on the way down in the UK car manufacturing industry despite enjoying its best half-year since 2008, according to new figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Production in July fell 11.2% against July 2014, with the trade association suggesting changes to holiday pattern allowed the traditional annual shutdown to start earlier at some plants.

The normal cyclical falls in output during the summer months are reflected in the month's performance results, as seasonal shutdown programmes take place across the majority of manufacturers, affording a period for plant maintenance, upgrades and retooling.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, explained the dip further: "Car production is traditionally subject to a degree of fluctuation during the quieter summer months with some manufacturers pausing production to invest in upgrades and prepare for new model launches, as well as to manage holiday leave.

"The industry remains in a strong position, with more than 911,000 cars produced so far this year and some significant new model introductions due in the autumn."

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