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UK New Car Manufacturing Falls In November

December 22, 2019 by Logan Biggs

Unfortunately, there is more disappointing new for the motor trade industry with the recent announcement by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) that the number of new cars built here in the UK in November 2019 amounted to 107,753. In November 2018 the figure was 129,030 so this was a fall of 16.5%.

In November 2019 the number of new cars built for the home market was 17,468 – down from 23,801 in November 2018. This is a drop of 26.6%. In November 2019, 90,285 new cars were built for the export market whereas in November 2018 the figure was 105,229 – a fall of 14.2%.

On a year to date basis to November 2019 the number of new cars manufactured in the UK was 1,231,679 whereas for the same period to 2018 the figure was 1,441,334. That is a significant drop of 209,655 equating to a fall of 14.5%. The number of new cars manufactured for the home market on a year to date basis to November 2019 was 236,500 compared to 268,399 for the same period in 2018 – a fall of 11.9%. The number of new cars built for the export market on a year to date basis to November 2019 was 995,179 compared to 1,172,935 for the same period to 2018 – a fall of 15.2%.

The car manufacturing industry here in the UK employs thousands of workers so this will no doubt cause some concern within the workforces of the companies building cars. In addition, there are so many other businesses that are connected to the car manufacturing industry such as the producers and suppliers of parts that could be impacted in a negative way due to the fall in the number of cars being built here in the UK.

It is to be hoped that we see a turnaround in the fortunes of the motor manufacturing industry here in the UK in 2020 and beyond. We will continue to keep our readers up to date with any interesting statistics relating to the motor trade industry.


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