UK car output up in 2011
UK car production output rose by 8.9 per cent in January 2011, as the UK car industry continues its recovery.
110,179 models were assembled in the UK in January 2011, along with 216,407 engines.
Several manufacturers manufacture and assemble vehicles in the UK, including Vauxhall, Ford, Jaguar and Land Rover.
Ford makes engines for its range of small and medium cars like the Fiesta and Ford Focus at Bridgend; while Dagenham builds Duratorq diesel engines for similar cars.
Vauxhall makes the Astra hatch and Astra Sport Tourer at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, while rumours persist that the Vauxhall Ampera extended-range vehicle will be built at the UK Vauxhall plant.
Meanwhile Jaguar assembles its XK grand tourer, XF executive saloon and XJ luxury saloon at its Castle Bromwich site and Land Rover assembles the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Land Rover Discovery at Solihull in the Midlands.
Jaguar Land Rover also owns the Merseyside Halewood plant, where it assembles the Land Rover Freelander 2 and the all-new Range Rover Evoque.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) welcomed the news, saying that the figures reflected the high quality of vehicle manufacturing in the UK, but called for more help for businesses.
“UK automotive manufacturing made a flying start to 2011 despite tough economic conditions as new vehicle production grew 8.9% in January," said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive.
"The encouraging figures demonstrate ongoing growth in global demand for the high quality vehicles and engines manufactured in the UK at some of the world’s leading sites."