French car makers clock up record output

14th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 14 (AFP) - French car manufacturers raised output by 3.3 percent last year to a record 5.94 million vehicles, the French car trade body reported on Monday saying that the data underscored strong production abroad.

PARIS, Feb 14 (AFP) - French car manufacturers raised output by 3.3 percent last year to a record 5.94 million vehicles, the French car trade body reported on Monday saying that the data underscored strong production abroad.

The trade organisation Comite des Constructeurs Francais d'Automobiles (CCFA) said that the total of 5,937,615 vehicles, including cars, light utility or commercial vehicles and industrial vehicles, exceeded the 2003 figure which had also set a record.

Total car production increased by 2.5 percent from the 2003 figure. Of total car output, 56 percent, or 2,892,106 vehicles, was made in factories in France. This domestic total was an increase of 0.3 percent from the equivalent figure in 2003.

Growth in light utility vehicles reached 8.9 percent, with half being produced outside France. In total, 717,036 were manufactured by French companies during the year.

Production of industrial vehicles grew by 14.6 percent to 52,249, with more than three quarters produced in France.

The CCFA said that the production data showed "the international character of French manufacturers", with the proportion of sales made outside western Europe rising to nearly 28 percent from 25 percent in 2003.

Car production outside France increased by 5.3 percent during the year, but CCFA stressed that the industry remained firmly rooted at home.

"Production from French manufacturers continues to be done for the most part in France: 55.4 percent of all vehicles are made in factories in France, even though the French market represents less than a third of all sales for French manufacturers," CCFA said.

© AFP

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