Lowest October UK car output since 1956 amid chip shortage squib

British car output fell by an annual 41.4% last month to its lowest October level since 1956 as the global lack of semiconductor chips and a plant closure hit the sector, according to a trade industry body. The fall reflected the global supply chain problems and Honda's permanent closure of its factory in late July. Full-year car and van output will be below 1 million for a second consecutive year but is expected to return to above that level in 2022, the SMMT said, citing an independent forecast by AutoAnalysis.
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