Currently reading: Call for urgent government aid as UK car production falls 46%
Rising bills and costs leaving UK sector uncompetitive, claims SMMT

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has called on the government to urgently help the sector and keep it globally competitive, as latest figures reveal the country is producing nearly half the number of cars it was before the Covid pandemic.

Despite a fourth consecutive month of growth in August, and a 39% (12,655-unit) uptick in car production on the same point last year, UK car production was down 42,257 units (45.9%) in August compared with August 2019, according to figures released today by the SMMT, the UK's leading trade body.

The UK also produced 13.3% fewer cars over the first eight months of this year (511,106) than it did from January to August in 2021 (589,607). This was driven by a drop in exports from 490,556 last year to 402,434 this year, whereas production of cars for UK consumption was up 9.7

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