The SMMT has said car production was just 59,777 units last month as factories scaled back.
Car makers are more interested in shifting the seas of unsold cars they have stacked up in fields, ports and car lots.
The figures added weight to the need for a scrappage scheme in the UK – the cure many in the industry, including Car Dealer, feels could offer the market the shot in the arm it needs.
‘The large fall in February’s vehicle production is a direct result of weak demand,’ said SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt.
‘We have seen action to encourage longer-term investment, but still require government support for short-time working, easier access to finance and credit and the implementation of a vehicle scrappage scheme.’
The drop was the largest drop since the SMMT starting recording figures in1970, and the fifth straight month of decline.