UK car production declined 20.8 per cent in July

Car manufacturing for both home and export markets down, with social distancing measures hindering efforts to ramp up production

UK car production declined 20.8 per cent year-on-year in July 2020, as social distancing measures and ongoing economic uncertainty hampered efforts to ramp up output.

A total of 85,696 cars were built in the UK in July 2020, down from 108,239 in the same month last year. Production for the home market took the worst hit, declining 37.1 per cent. Manufacturing for the export market fell 16.8 per cent.

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For the year-to-date, UK car production is now down 39.7 per cent, representing a production loss of 307,707 cars. Exports are down 38.5 per cent so far in 2020, while home market production has declined 44.5 per cent, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Mike Hawes, chief executive of the SMMT, said: “As key global markets continue to reopen and UK car plants gradually get back to business, these figures are a marked improvement on the previous three months, but the outlook remains deeply uncertain.

“With the sector now battling economic recession as well as a global pandemic, it has neither the time nor capacity to deal with the further shock of a no deal Brexit.

“The impact of tariffs on the sector and the  hundreds of thousands of livelihoods it supports would be devastating, so we need negotiators on both sides to pull out all of the stops to ensure a comprehensive free trade deal is agreed and in place before the end of 2020.”

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