More than 1.5 million cars were built in the UK in 2013, keeping the nation's car manufacturing industry on course to reach record-breaking levels of output by 2017.
Figures produced by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) indicate that car production rose by 3.1 per cent in 2013. A total of 1,509,762 cars were built, compared to 1,464,906 in the whole of 2012.
That's the highest volume recorded since 2007, and if the rate of growth continues, industry analysts predict that output will hit record levels of around two million units within four years.
The figures take into account large volume production by car companies in Britain – Nissan, Land Rover, Toyota, Mini, Honda, Jaguar and Vauxhall – as well as manufacturers with smaller outputs such as Aston Martin and Lotus.
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: "2013 demonstrated the value of the UK’s diverse car manufacturing industry, as surging home demand and robust exports outside Europe saw output grow 3.1 per cent to over 1.5 million units.