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April Sees Big Drop In UK Car Manufacturing

May 31, 2019 by Logan Biggs

Unfortunately, there is more bad news for the motor trade industry with the announcement that in April 2019 there was a large drop in the number of new cars built here in the UK. This will concern many businesses in the industry including those directly and indirectly connected to this important sector of manufacturing.

In April 2019 there were 70,971 new cars manufactured here in the UK whereas in April 2018 the figure was 127,970. That is a huge drop of 56,999 that equates to a fall of 44.5%. Last month 13,669 of those vehicles were built for the home market yet in April 2018 the number was 24,294 – a fall of 43.7%. The number of cars built for export last month was 57,302 whereas in April last year the figure was 103,676 – a huge drop of 44.7%.

On a year to date basis to April 2019, the number of cars built amounted to 441,260 whereas for the same period to April 2018 the figure was 568,500 – a significant drop of 22.4%. There were 92,603 new cars built for the home market for the year to date to April 2019 but for the same period to April last year the figure was 113,686 – a fall of 18.5%. There were 348,657 new cars manufactured for the export market for the year to date to April 2019 but for the same period last year the figure was 454,814 – a reduction of 23.3%. The percentage of new cars built for the export market for the year to date to April 2019 was 79% – a fall of 1% when comparing the figures for the year to date to April 2018.

This information is published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and the data is a worrying factor for the industry. This is now the 11th month in a row when there has been a fall in car manufacturing here in the UK. It will be interesting to see if there is a turnaround in the coming months. Presumably, a number of jobs could be put at risk here in the UK both in businesses directly involved in building new cars and in other businesses such as those making and supplying parts for new cars. We will continue to keep our readers up to date in the coming months with any other interesting statistics relating to the motor trade industry.


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