British car production shrank by 14.3 percent in 2019 compared to a year earlier, writes Professional Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) on Thursday. Last year a total of 1.3 million passenger cars rolled off the tire in the United Kingdom, the lowest number since 2010.
It is the third year in a row that British car production is shrinking. The production is lower because the export and the demand for diesel cars decrease.
The entire automotive sector is suffering from a fall in global demand. This is partly due to the economic slowdown in China. British car manufacturers saw Chinese demand fall by 26.4 percent compared to 2018. Demand from Japan was 17.7 percent lower.
Mike Hawes, the head of the professional association SMMT, says that it is not yet clear whether the British car industry can survive in the long term. According to Hawes, the reputation of the automotive industry in the UK has been damaged by the three tumultuous years since the Brexit referendum.