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Brexit & Diesel Concerns Drive UK Car Production Down 4.6 %

Thursday, 21 December 2017 at 13:08

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UK car factories produced 4.6 percent fewer vehicles in November this year compared to 2016, new figures have revealed.

Data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) shows 161,490 cars were made in the UK in November 2017, down from 169,247 in the same month last year.

Of the UK-built cars manufactured in 2017, 24,276 were destined for UK buyers, meaning 28.1 percent fewer cars were built for the domestic market in November 2017 compared to November 2016.

That decline was buoyed somewhat by figures for exported cars, however, with 137,214 vehicles made in the UK for export in November 2017 - a 1.3 percent increase over November 2016, and equivalent to 1,712 more vehicles.

Meanwhile, year to date figures show almost 1.58 million cars were made in the UK up to November 2017, a fall of just 2 percent over the same period in 2016 – though 9 percent fewer cars were built for domestic buyers over the same period, echoing November sales figures showing new car sales down 11.2 percent.

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