According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), British car production declined for the 10th month in a row, down 14.4% in March, with 126,195 units built.

Output for export fell 13.4% as soft demand in key Asian and European markets continued, the organization added, while manufacturing for the home market dropped 18.1%, with overall Q1 activity weakest since 2011.

Although UK exports fell in March, they increased their share of overall production year-on-year to 78.7%. 

‘Despite the extension, the Brexit clock is still ticking and a devastating ‘no deal’ remains a threat,’ said Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive. ‘This new period of limbo does not end the havoc for industry, with investment stopped and expensive factory shutdowns moved to avoid a Brexit deadline that has itself now moved.’

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.