Car production bounces back on 12-month anniversary of factory shutdowns

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UK car production returned to near normality in April compared to the same month a year before as automakers continued to struggle with the shortage of semiconductor chips.

Britain made 68,306 cars last month, up from 197 a year ago when factories were shuttered due to the initial Covid-19 lockdown.

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Compared to April 2019, the number of cars rolling off production lines was down 3.8 per cent, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said.

For the year to date Britain’s carmakers have turned out 374,864 cars, down 15 per cent on the same four months in 2019.

chart: (Source: SMMT)

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(Source: SMMT)

However, the trend towards electric cars continued, with more than a fifth of all vehicles made last month either battery or hybrid powered.

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