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UK car production down 30.2% in June

UK car production fell by 30.2% in June to 91,718 units and it was the smallest decline of the year so far.

Production volumes fell year-to-date by 50.2% to 410,740 units.

Despite the falls, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders believes the motor industry is weathering the storm of the global recession.

  • Pace of decline in car output slowing, June’s shortfall was smallest of the year
  • Commercial vehicle output continues to decline sharply, with 60.4% fall in June
  • Output has fallen, but plants are expected gradually to restore volumes

Car production

Paul Everitt, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said: “The UK motor industry is weathering the global recession and beginning the long road to recovery.

“As production volumes and registrations begin to stabilise, the Government must help to sustain consumer confidence and encourage banks to deliver the credit industry needs.”

Commercial vehicle production

Commercial vehicle production fell by 60.4% in June to 8,532 units and dropped by 64.5% to 43,174 units year-to-date.

Everitt said UK commercial vehicle production remained extremely low and reflected the fragile conditions businesses find themselves in at the moment.

  • To download the full SMMT UK production figures for June click here.

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