Our automotive industry turned over more than £71 billion in 2015 and employs more than 800,000 people including 169,000 directly in manufacturing.
There's very strong foreign demand for British-built cars:
- More than 1.6 million cars were produced here in the first 11 months of 2016
- Almost four fifths (78%) was exported
- UK car manufacturing output in November 2016 was higher than at any time since 1999
- More than half of exports were to the European Union
- More than 2 million engines were produced in the UK
More than 70 different models are built in the UK by more than 30 manufacturers.
- Morgan Motor Company Ltd (Aero 8, Plus 8, Roadster, Plus 4, 4/4, 3 wheeler)
- Caterham Cars Ltd (Seven)
- Mclaren Automotive (570S, 540C, 570GT, 650S, 675LT and P1)
Made in Britain
- MINI – MINI, MINI Clubman and MINI Countryman, in Cowley, Oxford
- Honda – Civic and CR-V in Swindon
- Toyota – Auris, Auris hybrid and Avensis in Burnaston, Derbyshire
- Nissan – Juke, Qashqai, Note and Leaf and Infiniti Q30 in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear
- Lotus – Elise, Evora and Exige in Norfolk
- Aston Martin – DB9, Vantage, Rapide, Vanquish, and DB11 in Gaydon, Warwickshire
- Bentley Motors – Continental, Flying Spur and Mulsanne in Crewe, Cheshire
- Rolls Royce – Ghost and Wraith in Goodwood, West Sussex
- Jaguar – F-Pace and XE in Solihull, and F-type, XJ, XF and XE in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham
- Land Rover – Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque in Halewood, Merseyside, and Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Land Rover Defender in Solihull, West Midlands
- Vauxhall – Astra at Ellesmere Port and Vivaro van in Luton
Other niche, small volume manufacturers include Westfield, Bristol, Ariel and Noble.
Ford stopped building cars in the UK in 2002 and vans (Transits) in July 2013 but continues to manufacture engines in Bridgend and Dagenham and transmissions in Halewood.
27 December 2017