LONDON -- British car production slumped by an annual 18 percent in October as the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown measures continue to hit demand, according to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders SMMT on Thursday.
A total of 110,179 cars rolled off assembly lines last month leaving output in the first 10 months of the year down a third at 743,003 vehicles, according to the SMMT.
Britain's automotive sector is also awaiting clarity on the trading terms it will have with its biggest export market, the European Union, and faces a ban on the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars from 2030.
"These figures are yet more bad news for an industry battered by COVID, Brexit, and now the unprecedented challenge of a complete shift to electrified vehicles in under a decade," said SMMT CEO, Mike Hawes.
UK sales fell 1.6 percent last month the SMMT reported earlier in November.