Domestic demand for automobiles continued to fall last month when the number of models built for the UK fell by 35 percent, showing new figures from the industry.
In total, 121,051 car's production lines have left in July, representing nearly 15,000 fewer models, or a decrease of 11 percent over the same month last year, according to the Society of Engine Manufacturers and Traders.
The biggest decrease was the number of models that were built to be sold in the UK. It dropped from 29,872 in July 2017 to 19,414 last month – a decrease of 35 percent. It follows a 47 percent drop in June.
Car production: in July nearly 15,000 fewer models were built compared to last year
Automobiles manufactured for export – which remains the largest market with about eight out of ten UK-produced cars sold abroad – declined by a much smaller 4.2 percent to 101,637.
But this follows a 6 percent increase in June. And it is problematic in the light of the threat of Brexit, as the EU is Britain's largest trading partner, accounting for 53 percent of cars produced for export.
The SMMT played the overall decline in July and accused & # 39; a series of factors & # 39; for the decline in production, including model changes, seasonal and operational adjustments and preparation for the introduction of new emission standards.
"Although the industry is undoubtedly affected by the recent uncertainty in the domestic market, drawing long-term conclusions from monthly snapshots requires a health warning," said SMMT executive Mike Hawes.
The larger picture is complex and fluctuations are inevitable month after month because manufacturers manage product cycles, operational changes and the delicate balance between supply and demand from market to market. & # 39;
The SMMT said the industry was on track to meet its 2018 expectations with 955,453 cars built in the first seven months of the year.
While production for the UK is currently 16 percent lower than in the same period last year, exports fell by a smaller 1.2 percent.
Falling: the SMMT gave & # 39; a series of factors & # 39; blame for the decline in output
Unite's assistant general secretary Tony Burke said: "Today's car numbers underline once again the critical need of Theresa May to avoid a Brexit with cliff.
The British car companies and those in the supply chain have worked tirelessly to make the British car industry a world leader.
"Because of the government's confusion about diesel that is still doing its best, it would be a betrayal if a jewel in the crown of British industry was sacrificed on the altar of a tough Brexit. & # 39;
Stuart Apperley, head of UK Automotive at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said: "Although consumer confidence in the EU has increased, drivers elsewhere need much more encouragement to invest in a new car in the midst of so much uncertainty.
Even the usual production peak when factories boosted production for summer time was not enough to force the fact that governments in some of our export markets are reluctant to give modern diesel engines the confidence they deserve.
Road to Zero from the UK makes it clear that the government sees hybrid engines, at least as part of the long-term future for cars. But while that was useful and possibly promoted the sale of contemporary hybrids, it has not completely reassured those looking for new cars because pure diesel engines will not be penalized during the life of their next vehicle. & # 39;
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