UK Car Production And Demand Plummets Amid Brexit Uncertainty

Production and demand for vehicles in the United Kingdom continues to fall due to “Brexit uncertainty” and “confusion over diesel taxation,” the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) says.

In November, UK factories built 161,490 vehicles, a 4.6 per cent drop from a year earlier. What’s more, output for the domestic market has plummeted by 28.1 per cent over the last 12 months.

According to figures published by the SMMT, 24,276 of the 161,490 vehicles built in the UK were for the local market. The remaining 137,214 were shipped overseas, accounting for roughly 85 per cent of all UK output. November marks the fourth consecutive month where car production has decreased.

On top of this, car registration numbers have declined for the eighth consecutive month, falling by 11.2 per cent, reports the BBC.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said the UK car industry needs clarity on its future.

“Brexit uncertainty, coupled with confusion over diesel taxation and air quality plans, continues to impact domestic demand for new cars and, with it, production output.

“Clarity on the nature of our future overseas trading relationships, including details on transition arrangements with the EU, is vital for future growth and success,” Hawes said.

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  • Matthew Raworth

    Yay brexit ‘making Britain great again’ ?

    • CheckIt

      Or Brexit stopping the EU making Britain worse…

      Check your history: compare British manufacturing prior to joining the EEC in 1973, and today…!

      • Obsequious Lickspittle

        Yeah because absolutely nothing else has changed since 1973 and I for one cannot wait to The Empire to return to its rightful place in the world.

        • Steve Crawford

          Delusional. The Empire what joke and sick joke as well.

          • Obsequious Lickspittle

            Sarcasm – noun:
            the use of irony to mock or convey contempt.

      • You can’t just compare manufacturing data, there is a reason why British car production is declining from the 70s.

  • rover10

    Brexit is convenient hook on which to hang shortfalls in a company’s competence and mismanagement. The real reason sales are falling is the diesel debacle and I understand the need for caution. Address the diesel issues and the markets will settle down.

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      Yes… it’s just the diesel problem.

  • nauticalone

    No doubt clarity is needed. But each time I’ve listened to PM Teresa May. I think…clear as mud! Come to think of it that’s often my take away on most politicians speaking…lol

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