Brazilian vehicle production rose 16.9 percent last month compared to output in February 2013, according to figures released Tuesday by the auto industry trade group.

Brazilian auto plants turned out 281,452 units in February, up 18.7 percent over the previous month, the National Association of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers, or Anfavea, said.

Exports also increased between January and February, rising from 22,797 to 28,843 units, an increase of 26.5 percent, but compared to the second month of last year sales abroad fell 9.6 percent.

The number of vehicles sold in the country during February fell by 17 percent compared with the previous month from 312,618 to 259,328, Anfavea reported.

Even so, compared with February 2013, sales increased by 10.3 percent. EFE