UK car production reverses in September as domestic decline drives fall

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UK CAR manufacturing fell in September, with  6,500 fewer cars rolling off production lines than in the same month last year, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

The industry body said year-on-year output dropped by 4.1 per cent, resulting in a total output of 153,224.

Production for export fell by 1.1 per cent in line with slower growth across EU markets, but it was substantial double-digit losses in the home market that drove the overall decline. Domestic demand in the month dropped by 14.2 per cent to 31,421 units, contributing to an overall year-to-date production decrease of 2.2 per cent.

The latest UK car manufacturing figures. Data: SMMT (Click to enlarge)

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: ‘With UK car manufacturing falling for a fifth month this year, it’s clear that declining consumer and business confidence is affecting domestic demand and hence production volumes. Uncertainty regarding the national air quality plans also didn’t help the domestic market for diesel cars, despite the fact that these new vehicles will face no extra charges or restrictions across the UK.

‘Brexit is the greatest challenge of our times and yet we still don’t have any clarity on what our future relationship with our biggest trading partner will look like, nor detail of the transitional deal being sought.

‘Leaving the EU with no deal would be the worst outcome for our sector so we urge government to deliver on its commitments and safeguard the competitiveness of the industry.’

Main image: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

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