Day: August 29, 2020

Widespread uncertainty causes 20% July drop in UK car production

A car salesman shows customers vehicles in a Vauxhall dealership in London on June 4, 2020, as showrooms in England reopened. Photo: Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images
A car salesman shows customers vehicles in a Vauxhall dealership in London on June 4, 2020, as showrooms in England reopened. Photo: Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images

The collapse in global demand for new cars caused by the coronavirus pandemic continued to drag on the UK automotive sector in the month of July, with car production down 20.8% compared to July 2019.

The latest data released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) shows that 85,686 vehicles were manufactured last month.

While production lines at nearly all of the UK’s car plants were rolling again, severe economic uncertainty surrounding the pandemic and social distancing measures at dealerships put a dampener on demand.

“As key global markets continue to re-open and UK car plants gradually get back to business, these figures are a marked improvement on the previous three months, but the outlook remains deeply uncertain,” said SMMT chief

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