UK car manufacturing fell for the eighth consecutive month in March, driven by shrinking domestic demand amid continued economic uncertainty.
Car production output in the UK totalled 147,471 units, with the number destined for UK customers 17.7% down on March 2017’s figure.
Export demand fell by 11.9%, dwarfing the 0.8% decline seen in February as demand in several markets dropped.
The latest results mean output for the first quarter of 2018 fell 6.3% compared with the same period in 2017. In total, 440,426 cars left UK production lines, with almost 80% of these exported.
Exports for the first three months of the year were down 4% year on year, but this was dwarfed by the 14.1% decline in UK demand.
Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) CEO Mike Hawes said this continued decrease in output is of “considerable concern”, but that it also highlighted the importance of ensuring more certainty about post-Brexit trading relationships.