Car production in United Kingdom surged 3 percent in 2013 to 1.510 million, the highest since 2007, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said in a statement. Thanks to strong domestic demand as well as exports outside the European Union, carmakers in the UK were able to surpass 2012 figures (1.465 million). UK producers built 2.265 million in 2007. The SMMT predicts that UK production could surpass 1972 record of 1.92 million cars in 2017.
According to SMMT, around 80 percent of the cars produced in the UK in 2013 were exported – with sales divided almost evenly between the European Union and elsewhere. Years ago, the EU accounted for around 70 percent of exports from the UK. In 2013, the United States, China and Russia were the primary non-EU markets for UK cars, each accounting for around 10 percent of exports.
In strong demand are Land Rover's luxury off-road vehicles and sports cars. The carmaker with the most number of cars built in the UK in 2013 was Nissan, followed by Jaguar Land Rover and Toyota. Other major carmakers producing cars in the country are BMW's MINI, Honda and General Motors' Vauxhall brand.