UK car production declined by 25.1% to 114,058 units in October, the lowest October total since 1991.
Commercial vehicle production was down 41% in October.
Year-to-date production of cars was 1,295,192 units, 0.7% ahead of last year.
Car makers in Britain, including Honda today, are announcing production cutbacks to deal with lower orders.
The SMMT took the opportunity of the figures’ publication to call again for government help for the auto industry in Britain.
“The October production figures reflect the rapid reduction in global demand for motor vehicles and we expect to see further reductions in factory output in November and December,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive.
“The figures are evidence of the scale of the challenge facing the industry and underline the need for prompt action in next week’s pre-budget report to assist the sector during this difficult period.”