UK car production fell by almost 99.7% in April, with just 197 cars produced in the entire month — the lowest monthly output since World War II, according to new figures from the sector.
A number of factories stopped vehicle output altogether in April and instead began churning out personal protective equipment including face shields, visors, and medical gowns, the SMMT said.
Manufacturers instead turned their focus to the production of 700,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers on the front lines of the pandemic.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said that car production so far this year had now plummeted by almost 28%, meaning that more than 120,000 fewer vehicles have been produced compared to the same period in 2019.
Lost output due to the closures and a slow restart because of social distancing measures in factories is expected to cost the sector as much as 12.5 billion pounds, the SMMT said.