UK car manufacturing output decreased by almost half in April, according to figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 70,971 cars were produced, a decrease of 44.5% year on year.

Manufacturing for domestic and overseas markets fell 43.7% and 44.7% while in the year to date, 127,240 fewer cars have been built compared with the same period in 2018 – a decline of more than 22.4%.

‘Provided the UK leaves the EU with a favourable deal and substantial transition period, and notwithstanding any escalation of global trade tensions, the decline in volumes is expected to ease by the end of the year, as new models come on stream and production lines remain active over the usual summer shutdown months,’ the organization said. ‘However, the latest independent outlook suggests output will still be down some 10.5% on 2018 levels.’

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.