It’s the lowest May output since 1946.
UK car manufacturing facilities remained quiet in May despite production officially restarting at various factories. That’s the story told by new figures from the country’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), which show last month’s output was down 95 percent compared with the same period in 2019.
May 2020 was the industry’s worst May since 1946, with just 5,314 cars rolling off British production lines – a 95.4 percent drop compared with the 116,035 that were built in May 2019. That said, the figure does represent a sizeable increase on the 197 cars built in April this year, when the coronavirus lockdown was at its most stringent.
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Even though some factories restarted production last month, including Bentley’s Crewe plant and Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull facility, they were still operating at a fraction of their normal capacity. According