UK car manufacturing fell by 4.6% in November, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

In November, exports reached their highest proportion of output this year at 85 % but production for the home market fell for the fourth month in a row by 28.1%, the largest decline in 2017.

Year-to-date, more than 1.5 million cars have rolled off production lines, with nearly eight out of 10 destined for one of 160 global markets. While export volumes remain stable, production for the home market is down 9%, resulting in overall output falling 2% since January.

‘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,’ said Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive. ‘Whilst it is good to see exports grow in November, this only reinforces how overseas demand remains the driving force for UK car manufacturing.’

This story is reprinted from material from SMMT, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.