The number of cars produced in the uk last month fell by 4.6% in comparison with the previous year, driven by a strong fall in domestic demand.
Almost 161,500 vehicles made in uk factories in November, according to the Society of motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
But the production for the domestic market fell by 28.1%, as a result of the “Brexit uncertainty” and “confusion of the diesel taxes,” the SMMT said.
The production for export increased by 1.3%.
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The SMMT figures of the 161,490 cars produced last month, 24,276 were for the uk market, while 137,214 were sent abroad.
Exports reached its highest proportion of the production so far this year in the 85%.
However, the SMMT said the production for the domestic market, “continued to falter” and fell for the fourth consecutive month.
Earlier this month, SMMT car registration figures show that the number of cars sold in the uk fell for the eighth consecutive month in November, declining by 11.2%.
SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: “Brexit uncertainty, along with the confusion about the diesel tax, and air quality plans, continues to impact the domestic demand for new cars and, with this, the output of production.”
He added that it was good to see that exports grow in the last month, but “this only reinforces how the external demand remains the driving force for the uk car manufacturing.
“Clarity about the nature of our future overseas business dealings, including details about the transition of the agreements with the EU, it is of vital importance to the future growth and success.”
The number of cars so far this year were down 2% compared with the same period last year to 1.57 million.
The production for the housing market has fallen 9%, while the production of vehicles for export is flat.