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Auto output in Britain reached the lowest in 2019, since 2010, according to Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Car production in 2019 declined by 14pc to 1.3mn units. The output fell for a third consecutive year.


Weakened consumer demand in the country, slower demand in key overseas markets, significant model production changes and a shift from diesel across Europe were few reasons for the declined production.  


In December, total car production in the UK fell by 6.4pc to 78,106 units compared to 73,080 units produced in the prior year. Anticipated departure of Britain from the EU in March and October in 2019 resulted in shutdowns of several auto factories as mitigation measures. 


In 2019, manufacturing of cars for the domestic markets fell by 12.3pc, to 247,138 units, while exports declined 14.7pc. UK’s exports to EU27 fell by 11.1pc, the US fell by 9.8pc, China fell by 26.4pc and the exports to Japan fell by17.7pc. 


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