Car production tumbled in the UK for the first time since February as the combination of global chip shortages, workers being forced to isolate, and summer shutdowns jammed up factory lines.
According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), just 53,438 cars were made in July, down 37.6 per cent on the year before.
It is the worst July for auto output since 1956, when 51,472 cars were produced.
Over a quarter – 26.0 per cent – of all cars made last month were either battery electric (BEV), plug in hybrid (PHEV) or hybrid electric (HEV), their highest share on record.
Despite the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions earlier this summer, the car industry has been plagued by a number of supply and labour issues that have hammered production.
All year car firms have been warning that the shortage of semiconductors would force them