The UK produced more than 1.6 million cars in the first 11 months of 2016, beating the same period in 2015 by 9.6% and marking the country’s best result since 1999.
A total of 1,613,495 cars were produced, with 78% (1,258,909) of them being shipped abroad. At the same point in 2015, around 56,000 fewer cars had been produced.
Output continued to grow in November, with 169,247 cars built across the four weeks, representing 12.8% growth on the year before and the strongest result for the month in 17 years.
The chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), Mike Hawes, said: “'Made in Britain' is a badge coveted by car buyers worldwide, and these latest figures highlight not just that international appeal but also the fact that the UK is a globally competitive place to make cars.
“These latest results are the product of significant investments made over the past few years, but which will continue only if we can maintain the competitive trading conditions that have enabled the UK to become an automotive success story.”
UK engine manufacturing also rose to record-breaking levels, with a 20% increase in output recorded in November after a total of 250,879 units were produced.
Most of the engines were for British customers, with domestic demand up by 36.1% in November and surpassing the one million mark in the year to date for the first time. Conversely, engine exports were down by 6.4% on the same period from the year before.
Overall year-to-date engine output has reached 2.4m, which is 7.7% up on the first 11 months in 2015.