UK car production rose in April from the same month in 2020, but has not reached pre-pandemic levels, the Society of Car Manufacturers and Dealers (SMMT) reported.
In April, businesses produced 68,306 vehicles, up from 197 last year, when Covid restrictions virtually halted production. At the same time, the April result was 3.8% lower than in April 2019.
Since the beginning of the year, British factories have assembled 374,864 vehicles, which is 17.3% more than in the same period in 2020, but 15.0% lower than in the same four-month period in 2019.
From a five-year average, production declined -42.9% month-over-month and -31.1% over the January-April period, reflecting the magnitude of the challenge facing the industry as it bounces back from the pandemic.
Data for April also shows that car production in the UK is increasingly focused on electrified vehicles. Battery electric, plug-in hybrids and plug-in hybrids accounted for 22.8% of all vehicle production in the UK this month, while production of alternative-fuel models is up 33.1% year-on-year compared to the same period in 2019. reflecting the UK industry’s commitment to meeting the demand for ultra-low and zero emission vehicles.