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November UK car production plummets

UK car manufacturing fell 16.5% in November, prompting the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) to renew calls for an ambitious trade deal with the EU.

UK vehicle production is down 44.5% year-on-year

UK car manufacturing output was down 16.5% in November, with 107,753 units produced

Output last month fell to 107,753 units, with output for home and overseas markets down 26.6% and 14.2% respectively; the result of soft consumer and business confidence, weak demand in overseas markets and model production changes but also factory shutdowns. These were planned to mitigate against any disruption arising from the potential departure of the UK from the EU without a deal on 31 October and follow similar Brexit contingency measures in April when car production fell 44.5%.

UK car production has now fallen in 17 of the last 18 months. And for the year to date, volumes are down 14.5% to 1,231,679 units, with by far the majority (80.8%) heading abroad and most of these exports (54.7%) into the EU.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “UK car production is export-led, so we look forward to working with the new government to deliver an ambitious trade deal with the EU. To ensure our competitiveness at a time of dramatic technological change, that deal needs to be tariff free and avoid barriers to trade, which, for automotive, means that our standards must be aligned. This can be achieved if government and industry work in partnership to re-establish the UK as a great place to invest and ensure that automotive keeps delivering for Britain.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.