UK car production fell 22.1 per cent in August, SMMT figures reveal.
Just under 995,000 cars were built in the UK during the month – up one per cent on January to August 2013 but down compared to the rest of 2014.
The SMMT says that this fall led to some manufacturers taking additional holiday shutdown.
Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: ‘The month of August – typically the quietest of the year – saw a 22.1 per cent drop in car production over 2013 as the 2014 calendar meant some key plants took additional shutdown compared to last year.
‘Volumes are still strong for the year-to-date, however, with the UK automotive sector in the midst of a renaissance. Global demand for quality UK-built products is at an unprecedented level, with significant investments into UK production facilities from government and industry currently being realised.’