The British motoring industry has a long history of developing and manufacturing some of the world's most well-known and prestigious cars. We also have a strong presence in the global automotive market as in 2013, 77.3% of vehicles built in the UK were exported. More recent the UK is recognised for its premium and sports car marques including Aston Martin, Bentley, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lotus, McLaren, and Rolls-Royce. Large volume car manufacturers also claim a major presence in the UK, including such brands as Honda, Nissan, Toyota and Vauxhall Motors

The last few years have also seen a healthy retail market as well, in the first six months of 2015 new vehicle registrations rose 7% to 1.38 million, marking the 40th consecutive month of rising sales. First-half sales of British-built cars were the strongest for five years, with one in six buyers opting for such vehicles. The UK-built Vauxhall Astra, Nissan Qashqai and Mini were among the overall top 10 sellers. The Financial Times has forecast that annual UK vehicle production will exceed its 1972 historic peak level by 2017.

Forecasted production levels for 2015 to 2017 are:
2015 | 1,864,000 units
2016 | 1,993,000 units
2017 | 2,062,000 units

Key UK Car Manufacturing Sites

ManufacturerLocationSectorModel
Aston MartinGaydonCarDB9, Rapide, Virage, DBS and One-77
BentleyCreweCar/EngineContinental, Flying Spur and Mulsanne
BMWHams HallEngine 
CaterhamDartfordCarSeven
CumminsDarlingtonEngine 
FordBridgend and DagenhamEngine 
HondaSwindonCar/EngineCivic, CR-V and Jazz
JaguarCastle BromwichCarF-Type, XJ, XF and XK
Land RoverHalewood and SolihullCarDefender, Discovery, Evoque, Freelander, Range Rover and Range Rover Sport
LotusNorwichCarElise, Evora and Exige
McLarenWokingCarMP4-12C and P1
MG MotorLongbridgeCarMG3 and MG6
MiniOxford and SwindonCarMINI, MINI Clubman, MINI Coupé, and MINI Roadster
MorganMalvernCarAero, Supersport, Coupe, 4/4, Plus 4, Plus 8, Roadster, 4 Seater and 3 Wheeler
NissanSunderlandCar/EngineJuke, LEAF, Note and Qashqai
Rolls-RoyceGoodwoodCarGhost, Phantom and Wraith
ToyotaBurnaston and DeesideCar/EngineAuris and Avensis
VauxhallEllesmere PortCarAstra