UK car production fell by more than half in January as a result of extended Christmas shutdowns and more temporary production halts.
Production dropped 58.7 percent to 61,404 units, compared with the same month in 2007, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said Friday.
The number of cars built for exports declined less -- down 54.2 percent to 51,272 units.
SMMT CEO Paul Everitt said European markets have been lifted by scrappage incentive schemes and repeated his call for the British government to boost new-car sales market and support employment throughout the sector.
Said Everitt: "The extent of the decline highlights the critical need for further government action to deliver the measures already announced and ease access to finance and credit."
In January, the SMMT said it expects UK car production to drop between 10 and 15 percent in 2009 to levels last seen in the early 1990s.
UK car production in 2008 was down 5.7 percent to 1.45 million units.