UK CV production down 62% in May, engines up | Automotive Industry News

UK commercial vehicle production fell 61.6% to 810 units in May as some factories remained closed though some, such as PSA’s Luton van plant are now ramping up with virus protection measures.

Year to date production was down 29.8% to 22,298 compared with an already low volume May in 2019 amid key model changeovers.

Production last month for both domestic and overseas markets fell 60.3% (459) and 63.2% (351) respectively. 

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said plants which had resumed operations operated at a reduced capacity in May.

May 2019 volume fell 69.9% to 2,110 (from 7,010 in May 2018) due to key model changeovers. 

Of the total, 43.3% of commercial vehicles built were for export in May with 68.7% exported to the EU, following the gradual reopening of showrooms in some European markets.

On the other hand, UK engine output surged in May, up to 55,836 from just 830 in April but down 75% versus May 2019’s 223,714 tally.

Export engines accounted for 66.5% of output (37,153, down 72.9%).

Year to date production was down 41.5% to 658,276.

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