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UK Car And Engine Production Fall In October

December 3, 2020 by mti

Further disappointing news for the motor trade industry was recently announced by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) when it published the figures for the number of new cars and engines that were manufactured in the UK in October 2020. Regrettably, there was a fall in the numbers when compared with the same month last year. No doubt the current coronavirus pandemic has had a negative impact on the figures.

The number of new cars built in the UK in October 2020 was 110,179 whereas in October 2019 the figure was 134,669. That is a significant fall of 18.2%. There were 18,629 new cars built for the home market in October 2020 compared to 21,550 in October 2019 – a fall of 13.6%. There were 91,550 new cars built for export in October 2020 compared to 113.119 in October 2019 – a drop of 19.1%.

The number of new cars manufactured in the UK on a year to date basis to October 2020 was 743.003 whereas on a year to date basis to October 2019 the figure was 1,122,311 – a huge drop of 33.8%. The number of new cars built for the home market on a year to date basis to October 2020 was 139.399 compared to 218,590 for the same period to 2019 – a big drop of 36.2%. The number of new cars built for export on a year to date basis to October 2020 was 603,604 whereas for the same period to October 2019 the figure was 903,721 – a large fall of 33.2%.

Engine manufacturing in the UK also fell with 197,374 new engines built in October 2020 whereas in October 2019 the figure was 247,179 – a big drop of 20.1%. On a year to date basis to October 2020 the number of new engines manufactured in the UK totalled 1,511,749 compared to 2,162,148 for the same period to October 2019 – a large drop of 30.1%.

We are sure that those people involved in the motor trade industry will find these figures worrying. The motor trade industry has been going through difficult times in the last few months and, whilst not surprising, these figures will give cause for concern. Not only is the industry having to deal with the pandemic but there is also the impact of Brexit. We will continue to keep our readers up to date with any further figures relating to the motor trade industry that are published on a regular basis.


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