Latest SMMT figures reveal that the UK produced 5622 fewer cars last month than in October 2018
28 November 2019

UK car manufacturing output fell by 4% year-on-year in October, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Just 134,752 cars were produced – 5622 fewer than in the same month last year. This is the 16th month of the previous 17 in which production has fallen. There was a modest rise in August only because Brexit-related factory shutdowns earlier in the year meant some usual summer shutdowns were cancelled.

Production for the home market dropped by 10.7% in the past month, while exports came down 2.6%. The SMMT cites fragile consumer and business confidence at home and demand problems abroad as the cause of the reductions. Model changeovers, as with the Land Rover Discovery Sport, didn’t help the situation.

Car production for the year to date is down 14.4%. A total of 1,123,926 cars have been rolled out so far, 80.5% of which have been exported to destinations including the EU, US, China and Japan.

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SMMT boss Mike Hawes said: “Yet another month of falling car production makes these extremely worrying times for the sector. Our global competitiveness is under threat, and to safeguard it, we need to work closely with the next Government to ensure frictionless trade, free of tariffs, with regulatory alignment and continued access to talent in the future.

“This sector is export-led, already shipping cars to more than 160 countries, and in a period of unprecedented change, a close trading relationship with the EU and preferential trading with all these other markets will be essential to keep automotive in Britain.”

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28 November 2019

....as manufacturers try to 'make hay whilst the sun shines" and charge ridiculous prices for even tiny low-spec cars before we're all forced to drive around in very similar auto-driven white goods appliances.

28 November 2019

Cars are just to well made these days, last nearly twice as long as they did 20 years ago. Plus, they have all the bing that's ever REALLY needed air-con, central locking, leccy windows, DAB and Sat-Nav.  Plenty fast enough and mpg has barely improved.

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28 November 2019

....and on and on and on.

FFS change the record SMMT

If there is uncertainty about Brexit surely everyone should be buying now before we bang an extra tax on European built cars.......?

28 November 2019

I'm not sure about that xxxx.  I think it is much more that people just don't like what they are being offered.  I certainly don't.

 

Do cars really last twice as long?  I would say you see far fewer 10 year old cars around now than you did 20 years ago.  

 

What I do know is that I am yet to hear someone mutter that they are not going to buy a new car becuase they have doubts about brexit.  A very stupid political headline in what is meant to be a car magazine.

28 November 2019
eseaton wrote:

I'm not sure about that xxxx.  I think it is much more that people just don't like what they are being offered.  I certainly don't.

 

Do cars really last twice as long?  I would say you see far fewer 10 year old cars around now than you did 20 years ago.  

 

What I do know is that I am yet to hear someone mutter that they are not going to buy a new car becuase they have doubts about brexit.  A very stupid political headline in what is meant to be a car magazine.

Agreed. In my younger days there were always plenty of cars i might choose next. Many of them i could not afford. These days i can afford most of them, but no longer want what is on offer. And even those that are sort of appealing come with a huge compromise. If car makers made more appealing cars i might part with some cash

28 November 2019
artill wrote:

eseaton wrote:

I'm not sure about that xxxx.  I think it is much more that people just don't like what they are being offered.  I certainly don't.

 

Do cars really last twice as long?  I would say you see far fewer 10 year old cars around now than you did 20 years ago.  

 

What I do know is that I am yet to hear someone mutter that they are not going to buy a new car becuase they have doubts about brexit.  A very stupid political headline in what is meant to be a car magazine.

Agreed. In my younger days there were always plenty of cars i might choose next. Many of them i could not afford. These days i can afford most of them, but no longer want what is on offer. And even those that are sort of appealing come with a huge compromise. If car makers made more appealing cars i might part with some cash

Agree with all this. There's very little to tempt me at the moment, and I really wonder what new/younger drivers are going to be able to buy in a few years time thats affordable, yet not the same as their parents drive.

28 November 2019
eseaton wrote:

I'm not sure about that xxxx.  I think it is much more that people just don't like what they are being offered.  I certainly don't.

Do cars really last twice as long?  I would say you see far fewer 10 year old cars around now than you did 20 years ago.  

What I do know is that I am yet to hear someone mutter that they are not going to buy a new car becuase they have doubts about brexit.  A very stupid political headline in what is meant to be a car magazine.

Maybe twice as long was a bit over the top, but take a £7,000 10 year old BMW 1 Series with 100,000 on the clock. Looks up to date, has all the things you need, is fast enough and should last another 10 years and 100,000 yet still won't look out of place. Bare in mind a replacement would be £27K.

My main car is 6 years old car has done 65k, pretty much performs exactly as it was when new and, as all possible replacements are no better I'll keep it another 6 years, I never would have done that 15 years ago. 

See plenty of 10 year old MINI's and Swifts that look like new to further prove my point!  

28 November 2019
eseaton wrote:

What I do know is that I am yet to hear someone mutter that they are not going to buy a new car becuase they have doubts about brexit.  A very stupid political headline in what is meant to be a car magazine.

 

Probably because you hang around people who think Brexit is great?

It's really not rocket science: people aren't buying houses, making large investment choices until things become clearer. There is very clear housing data, clearer by the minute automotive data, but no: it's that cars last longer these days, young people don't like cars, the water is the wrong temperature. etc. etc. 

We get it: no matter what happens to our automotive manufacturers, it isn't linked to Brexit.

Unless manufacturing jumps up, of course, then we'll hear no end of how this is a direct correlation of Brexit. 

28 November 2019

 So much speculation, no one knows exactly what's going to happen .....

28 November 2019

The housing market is stagnant as well. Ask any Estate Agent and they’ll tell you it’s brexot. I hate Leavers but mainly cos I’m trying to sell my house!

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