The SMMT reports UK car production declined -44.6% in August with 51,039 units produced. The decline contrasts a buoyant August 2019, when some plants worked through the normal shutdown period, having paused in April amidst concerns over a potential ‘no deal’ in March.
The SMMT says the ongoing coronavirus crisis is stalling efforts to ramp up output with weak demand overseas compounded by heavy domestic losses.
Production for UK buyers fell -58.3% in August to just 7,795 units, while exports declined -41.1% with 43,244 vehicles produced for overseas markets. Almost 85% of all cars built in Britain in August were destined for other countries.
Production so far in 2020 is down -40.2% with a loss of 348,821 units worth more than £9.5bn.
SMMT Report- Cars
UK engine production fell -35.1% in August to 106,398 units. Production for the domestic market was down -36.9% and for export by -34.1%. Year-to-date engine production is down -35.2%.
SMMT Report – Engines
Commercial vehicle production was down -11.5% in August, with 4,915 vans, taxis, trucks and buses manufactured. New model launches made for a strong August last year. 641 fewer vehicles were produced than same month 2019, although last August’s output was buoyant due to new model launches. This August, production for domestic consumption grew +22.3%, but output for export was down by more than half. Year-to-date performance remains down -20%.
SMMT Report – CV