LONDON -- UK car production dropped 3.8 percent in September, hit by weakening demand overseas and political and economic uncertainty at home as Brexit remains unresolved, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said on Thursday.
Production stood at 122,256 vehicles, with volumes in the first nine months of the year down 16 percent to just under 1 million cars, according to the SMMT.
The global automotive industry has undergone a torrid year, hit 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.
"Another bitterly disappointing month reflects domestic and international market contraction," SMMT CEO Mike Hawes said in a release. "Most worrying of all though is the continued threat of a 'no-deal' Brexit, something that has caused international investment to stall and cost UK operations hundreds of millions of pounds."
Brexit has been delayed for a third time, now until the end of January, and Britons will head to the polls in December 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.