Car production slumps 14% in February

Car production fell 14% in February – making in the weakest February in over a decade.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said that this was the eighteenth consecutive month of declining car production in the UK.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: “A year into the pandemic, these figures are yet more evidence of how badly coronavirus has hit UK car production.

“Thankfully, there are some rays of light with UK showrooms due to reopen on 12 April, vaccinations progressing and a roadmap to kickstart the economy. The automotive sector can play a crucial role in getting the UK back on its feet, supporting jobs across the country, driving growth and helping the country transition to zero emission mobility.”

Production of battery electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid vehicles increased by 25% to 23,019 vehicles.