UK car production hits 17-year high as industry issues Brexit warning

Exports boosted by week pound, but SMMT says government must negotiate free trade deal between UK and EU

British car manufacturing enjoyed its best month in 17 years in March fuelled by demand for vehicles from abroad.

The number of cars to roll off UK production lines rose by 7.3% last month compared with a year earlier, to 170,691 – the highest number since March 2000.

Related: Hard Brexit ‘could increase cost of making a car in UK by £2,400’

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