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.


  • 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

Holden’s Auctioning Some Of Its Historic Models Including First 2001 Monaro

The auction includes an assortment of Commodores including a 1995 rally car.

2011 Mercedes S65 AMG Might Just Help You Gain Baller Status

The W211 Mercedes S65 AMG is powered by a twin-turbo V12 that puts out 604 HP and 738 lb-ft of torque.

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS Will Cost You Upwards Of AU$144,600 In Australia

The new Mercedes-Benz GLS is available with two engines.

A 2020 Corvette C8 Just Crashed In Detroit’s First Snowfall

It’s hard to tell if the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray suffered any significant damage.

New Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup Truck To Be Produced In Alabama And Go On Sale In 2021

Hyundai will finally start production of the Santa Cruz truck in 2021 .

Ferrari Roma Is A 2+ Coupe With Understated Styling And A 612 HP Turbo V8 (New Photos)

Ferrari’s latest model can rocket from 0-62 mph (that’s 100km/h) in 3.4 seconds.

2020 Toyota Supra Gets Into Apparent Hit And Run With Civic While Trying To Flee Car Meet

As police closed in, the 2020 Supra slammed into a Civic and then took off.

New Delhi Authorities Enforce Driving Restrictions To Reduce Smog

The World Health Organization reported in 2018 that India has the world’s 10 most polluted cities.

VW Begins Expanding Chattanooga Plant, Will Build ID.4 In 2022

The first American-made ID.4s are slated to go into production in 2022.

Maserati’s All-New Sports Car Coming In May 2020

The upcoming model will be offered with an electric powertrain that could have three different motors.