UK car production slumped to its lowest level since 1984 last year as the coronavirus pandemic disrupted factories and depressed demand, industry figures show.
Brexit uncertainty was also partly to blame as the number of vehicles manufactured in Britain fell by 29.3% to 920,928, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said a total of around 10,000 job losses were announced over the year by carmakers and suppliers.
The report said manufacturing was “severely disrupted throughout 2020, with lockdowns and social distancing measures restricting factory output, Brexit uncertainty continuing until Christmas Eve and depressed market demand in key export destinations”.
There was a similar scale of decline in demand from both the domestic and export markets – the latter representing four out of five of the cars made in the UK.
The report also…