LONDON -- UK car production dropped 4 percent in October, hit by weak domestic demand caused by political and economic uncertainty over Brexit, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said.
Output fell for the 16th month out of the last 17, the SMMT said in a statement on Thursday.
Production stood at 134,752 cars last month, hit by a nearly 11 percent drop in demand at home and a 2.6 percent drop in export demand, which accounts for roughly 80 percent of output, the SMMT said.
The global automotive industry has been hit this year by declining sales in China, trade war worries between the world's two biggest economies, a slump in diesel sales in Europe and the need to invest heavily in electrification.
Model changeovers at some sites were also blamed by the SMMT which has called for Britain to negotiate the closest possible trading relationship with the European Union after Brexit as part of a trade deal due to take effect in 2021.
"Our global competitiveness is under threat," said SMMT CEO Mike Hawes in the statement.
"To safeguard it, we need to work closely with the next government to ensure frictionless trade, free of tariffs, with regulatory alignment and continued access to talent in the future," Hawes said.
Brexit has been delayed for a third time, now until the end of January, and Britons will head to the polls next month for a snap election designed to break the impasse.
Nissan, Toyota and Honda are among automakers that build cars in the UK, along with BMW Group's Mini and Rolls-Royce brands, Volkswagen Group's Bentley, Tata's Jaguar Land Rover and the PSA-owned Vauxhall unit.
Automotive News Europe contributed to this report