The British car business faces losing output worth over 8 billion pounds ($10 billion) because of the coronavirus outbreak, which cut manufacturing in March by a third, falling to its lowest stage since 2009, a business body stated on Thursday.
The industry, Britain’s biggest exporter of goods which employs over 800,000 people, noticed factories and dealerships begin to shut from mid-March with some having set reopening dates for May.
Auto manufacturers all over the world have warned of the dimensions of the challenge affecting producers already struggling to deal with harder emissions rules, the hit to diesel sales and thse cost of electrification and autonomous technology.
In Britain, volumes dropped by an annual 37.6% to 78,767 automobiles in March and the sector, which made 1.3 million automobiles in 2019, faces a loss of over 250,000 vehicles, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) stated.
PM Boris Johnson’s administration has launched quite a lot of schemes to support companies, but some corporations say they need additional assistance.
The total value of manufacturing lost between the shutdowns introduced in March and plants re-opening in mid-May stands at 8.2 billion pounds, based on a forecast by AutoAnalysis. Carmakers hope to recoup at least some lost sales.