The number of cars produced in the UK in 2000 dipped 8.8% to 1.63 million, the
Ananova internet news service reports.
Office for National Statistics figures for December show that just 97,000 cars
were produced, 32.3% down on December 1999.
For the six months ending December, 2000, total car production fell by 22.9%
compared with the previous six months.
There was slightly better news from the commercial vehicle production front
with 2000 numbers falling only 0.9% to 184,000, Ananova said.
However, total commercial vehicle production for the six months ending December,
2000, was 31.5% down on the previous six months.
A spokesman for The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders told Ananova:
"The figures are disappointing and are partly due to a lot of plant restructuring
programmes that have taken place.