LONDON -- British car production rose by 47 percent in March compared to the same time last year when factories halted output midway through due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Volumes stood at 115,498 cars last month, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
"Output was always going to be up but it remains below average, with some 11 billion pounds ($15 billion) worth of production lost over the past year," SMMT CEO Mike Hawes said.
The sector also faces the challenge of a lack of semi-conductor chips and adjusting to new trading terms between Britain and its biggest export market, the European Union, the SMMT said.
Automakers with production in the UK include Nissan, Toyota, Jaguar Land Rover and BMW's Mini brand.
In an SMMT members' survey, 91 percent said they were spending more time and resources managing UK/EU trade than in 2020. Six in ten large companies see the recovery from COVID-19 taking a minimum of six months while a third of those anticipate at least 2 years.
"Companies are already having to absorb additional costs arising from our new trading arrangements with the EU, but must also invest in new technologies, new processes and upskilling the workforce," Hawes said.