Exports Up: Output Down
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ALTHOL'GH the output of commercial vehicles during the first quarter of this year was some 4,600 units lower than in the comparable period of 1951, exports were far higher in number and value.
Production during March averaged 4,788 units a week, compared with 5,013 a week in February. Total output for the month was 23,938 vehicles, of which 14,298 were for export and 9,640 for the home market. Goods vehicles, road haulage tractors and special types totalled 22,710 (10,383 under 15 cwt., 10,945 from 15 cwt. to
6 tons, and 1,382 over, 6 tons). The 1,133 passenger vehicles built consisted of 941 single-deck and 180 double-deck motorbuses and 12 trolleybuses. Nineteen battery-eleetrics were also built.
In the first three months of the year, 64,053 vehicles were manufactured, of which 37,160 were for export and 26,893 for the home market. The 60,906 goods vehicles, road haulage tractors and special types consisted of 29,204 under 15 cwt., 28,056 from 15 cwt. to 6 tons, and 3,646 over 6 tons.
Passenger-vehicle output comprised 2,449 single-deck and 488 double-deck motorbuses and 35 trolleybuses, a total of 2,972. Battery-electric vehicles totalled 175. plus 220 pedestriancontrolled electric delivery vans.
During January and February, 1,245 works trucks were built.
Exports in March, excluding dumpers and industrial trucks., numbered 14,167 units, their value, including dumpers and industrial trucki, being £8,283,283.
In the first quarter. 40,758 vehicles, excluding dumpers and industrial trucks, were shipped. The value of exports, including dumpers and industrial trucks, was £23,682,421. In addition, 1,196 used commercial vehicles (£586,027), 32,614 agricultural tractors (£12,888,508), and parts and accessories to the value of £26,384,323 were sent overseas.