UK car production fell 3.8 per cent in September

UK production for both the domestic and export markets fell in September, with 122,256 cars built in total

UK car production fell 3.8 per cent in September, with both the domestic and export markets taking a hit.

A total of 122,256 cars rolled off UK production lines in September –  a 3.8 per cent year-on-year decline. The home market was down 5.1 per cent from 25,430 to 24,121, while the export market saw a drop of 3.4 per cent from 101,621 to 98,135, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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In the year-to-date, manufacturing has now dropped 15.6 per cent overall, marking the weakest first three-quarters since 2011.

The SMMT blamed the decrease on technological challenges and escalating trade tensions facing the global automotive industry, while also highlighting its concerns that a no-deal Brexit has not been ruled out.

Mike Hawes, chief executive of the SMMT, commented: “Another bitterly disappointing month reflects domestic and international market contraction.

“Most worrying of all, though, is the continued threat of a no-deal Brexit, something which has caused international investment to stall and cost UK operations hundreds of millions of pounds – money that would have better been spent in meeting the technological challenges facing the global industry.

“A general election may ultimately provide some certainty, but does not yet remove the spectre of no-deal, which will continue to inhibit the UK industry’s prospects unless we can agree and implement a new, ambitious and permanent relationship that safeguards free and frictionless trade.”

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