UK car production fell 14% in February with 17,163 fewer cars made.
UK car production fell 14% in February with 17,163 fewer cars made.

Total production of battery electric (BEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and hybrid vehicles (HEV) vehicles increased 25.3% to 23,019 units in February 2021, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

In total, however, UK car production fell 14% in February with 17,163 fewer cars made, in the 18th consecutive month of decline and the weakest February performance in more than a decade.

Production for the domestic market fell 34.9%, a loss of 9,480 units, with a 8.1% fall in exports, down 7,683 units.  Overseas orders still accounted for the majority (83.2%) of all cars made in the month, with most of these (53.9%) heading into the EU, the SMMT said.

‘The automotive sector can play a crucial role in getting the UK back on its feet, supporting jobs across the country, driving growth and helping the country transition to zero emission mobility,’ said Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive.

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