The drumbeat of bad news coming from the UK’s car industry in 2019 is becoming deafening.

Jaguar Land Rover is cutting 4500 jobs, Honda is set to close its long-established Swindon plantNissan has reversed plans to build the next X-Trail SUV in Sunderland, and Ford will axe up to 1000 jobs at its engine plant in Bridgend.  

Last year, there were significant job cuts at Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant and Nissan’s Sunderland factory, while Toyota’s Derbyshire plant lost the Avensis

The danger is that Britain’s car industry isn’t just reversing its recent production gains, but it’s going into terminal decline.