Car production in the UK and Spain in 2009 is set to fall to levels not seen since the early 1990s as carmakers continue to reduce their output in response to falling demand.
The UK's Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and the Spanish industry association ANFAC reported steep production drops last year as the economic slowdown sapped consumer demand.
ANFAC said the continuing market slowdown in western Europe "will bring total production in 2009 down to levels not seen in more than 10 years."
The SMMT said: "We forecast that production figures for 2009 will drop somewhere between 10 and 15 percent which will take them back to levels seen in the early 90s."
In the UK, production in 2008 was down 5.7 percent to 1.45 million units compared with the year before. ANFAC said Spanish production fell 11.5 percent to 1.94 million units in 2008.
Paul Everitt, SMMT CEO, said the UK auto industry needed urgent help from the government to sustain valuable industrial capability during an "exceptionally difficult period."
Everitt said he wanted to see fast access to credit for vehicle manufacturers and suppliers.