Truck production down 1,000 a week
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AVERAGE production of commercial vehicles was down by more than 1,000 vehicles a week over the first three months of this year compared with the same period last year, according to figures issued this week by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
Total production of trucks was down by over 14,000 vehicles on the period January to March with all the major manufacturers except Ford recording big drops in their production figures.
Leyland figures were nearly 600 vehicles down on the same period last year while Chrysler production was only half what it was last year with only 280 commercial vehicles produced.
Only the smaller manufacturers were recording increases on last year's figures. Dennis made an average 12 vehicles a week against seven last year and Foden figures went up from 27 a week to 33.