Car output was up 7.0% over the first four months of 2011, but fell by 12.2% in April while UK engine production fell by 4.7% in April, but remained up 6.0% over the first four months. There were 86,306 vehicles manufactured in the UK in April and the number of cars built since the start of the year is 443,536 (up 7%), more than four-fifths were made for export.
“April’s vehicle and engine production figures reflect the global production challenges resulting from the Japanese earthquake. Output was down across the car, commercial vehicle and engine sectors as parts shortages interrupted regular manufacturing schedules,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “All manufacturers are working hard to overcome supply shortages and we expect any downturn to be short lived. The outlook for the UK motor industry is extremely good and this should generate new opportunities for vehicle manufacturers and suppliers.”