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UK car production "battered" in October

A study from the SMMT shows October's UK car production down -18.2% compared to the same month last year.

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In October this year, the United Kingdom's car production has fallen by -18.2%, or 24,490 cars, in comparison to the same month last year, data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) shows.

UK car production data from SMMT.

UK car production data from SMMT.

Restrained markets in the EU and US due to coronavirus restrictions have also led to a decline of -19.1% in exports, with 21,569 fewer vehicles exported in October this year.

A difficult October expands on a tough year for car manufacturing in the UK, with production now down by -33.8% by January. This represents nearly 380,000 units worth £10.4 billion according to SMMT calculations.

Rolling year totals for car output in the UK in millions of units. (SMMT)

Rolling year totals for car output in the UK in millions of units. (SMMT)

"These figures are yet more bad news for an industry battered by Covid, Brexit, and now the unprecedented challenge of a complete shift to electrified vehicles in under a decade," said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive.

"We must have a Brexit deal, one with zero tariffs, zero quotas, and rules of origin that benefit the next generation of zero emission cars, so that this transition can be 'made in Britain'."

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