The car industry reports a slump in domestic demand last month, although export orders helped cushion the blow.
The UK car industry has reported its biggest monthly fall in domestic demand for over six years, with the Government squarely in the firing line.
(Sky News) – The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), as it has done in previous months, partly attributed the production decline on uncertainty following the Brexit vote.
It reported a 28% fall in the number of cars produced for the UK market in November compared to the same month in 2016.
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While it said the figure represented the biggest drop in domestic demand since September 2011, it pointed out that it left production for UK consumers 9% down in the year to date.
There was an annual fall just shy of 30% in 2011.
Image: Toyota makes the Auris at its plant in Derbyshire and has and engine factory in north Wales
The SMMT said 161,490 cars left British factories last month, down by 4.6%.
But it added that a 1.3% increase in exports helped cushion the overall decline, as the global economy continues to accelerate at a faster rate than its home market.
The SMMT has been one of the most vocal critics of the Brexit vote – demanding tariff-free access to its biggest market after the UK’s divorce from the EU.
Domestic sales – as well as production – have taken a hit this year as consumers become more cautious about splashing out on so-called “big ticket” items.
Talk of bans ‘undermines’ new car market. Photo: Ford sells the most popular vehicle in the UK’s new car market
The car industry feels hard done by as it demands information on the UK’s future trading relationship with the EU – with the Government signalling its intention to . ban the sale of new all-petrol and diesel models from 2040
It also made diesels a in last month’s Budget. tax target
SMMT chief executive, Mike Hawes, said: “Brexit uncertainty, coupled with confusion over diesel taxation and air quality plans, continues to impact domestic demand for new cars and, with it, production output.
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