British isles CV production was up sixteen.nine% in March to 6,166 vehicles, one particular year on from the pandemic shuttering factories.
March output remained down noticeably on pre-pandemic degrees, -32.two% on a 5 year average for the thirty day period.
The domestic market observed a greater improve than overseas, as suppliers adjusted to new EU buying and selling preparations and coped with renewed lockdown limitations throughout the world.
The Society of Motor Brands and Traders (SMMT) noted CV production observed its to start with thirty day period of expansion since September 2020.
Functionality above the to start with quarter observed output fall 24.7% to sixteen,090 models, with some five,264 fewer vehicles made in contrast to this time last year.
Mike Hawes, SMMT main executive, said, “A single year since the coronavirus pandemic to start with caused a nationwide lockdown, we are commencing to see symptoms of restoration, with expansion in professional car or truck manufacturing for the to start with time in six months currently being very welcome. March 2021 was generally heading to be up, as last year’s output was hit so badly by shuttered factories. When suppliers are working tricky to make up for manufacturing dropped last year, receiving back again to pre-pandemic degrees will choose time as many LCV critical export marketplaces have new lockdown limitations in put.”
March British isles motor manufacturing rose 31.7% as output for domestic and overseas marketplaces greater fifty.4% and 19.nine% respectively. Performance in the to start with quarter was down 11.1%, nevertheless, with 534,793 engines made.
Hawes explained: “These figures need to be set in context as output in March 2020 was seriously impacted by the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, which shut factories. British isles motor manufacturing in the to start with quarter is down and the immediate outlook remains demanding. Companies are working tirelessly to sustain cross border trade, deal with Covid, and regulate world-wide element shortages, most of course of semiconductors.”