Latest figures a boost for cars built in UK

Land Rover, Jaguar, Vauxhall and Ford will be pleased to see the latest production figures for cars in the UK.

Between them, the British-based manufacturing plants employ thousands of people in the UK, and with impressive models such as the Land Rover Freelander 2 SUV, stunning Jaguar XJ coupe and popular Vauxhall Astra, there is never a better time to buy British.

In total car output increased by six per cent in October 2010 compared to October 2009, according to the latest Society of Motoring Manufacturers and Traders figures.

This is not only good news for manufacturers, but for buyers. The sooner the car industry can recover from recession, the sooner discounts and savings can be passed onto to buyers.

SMMT chief executive, Paul Everitt said. "It is extremely important that government continues to champion the role of vehicle manufacturing in rebalancing the national economy and works with the automotive industry to create conditions for increased investment in R&D, skills and capital equipment.

"Industry’s focus on low carbon technology and its global reach can help generate the private sector growth the country needs."

It could also mean good news for workers at Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant, home of the Astra and Astra ST. The extended range electric Ampera is expected to be built there, and we are now just waiting on an announcement from the manufacturer.

It will be a blow to the UK car industry if Ellesmere Port isn’t chosen, but elsewhere the likes of Jaguar and Land Rover look in good condition.

Jaguar has been buoyed by the news owners Tata Motors will save hundreds of jobs by keeping both Midlands plants open after earlier announcing the Castle Bromwich site would be closed to cut costs.

But, the success of the British-built encouraged the firm to keep the plant open, much to the relief of the workers.

Elsewhere, strong Land Rover sales in 2010, in which the company broke its all-time monthly sales record, shows how well the brand is doing.

Ford’s new range of EcoBoost engines are also built in the UK, and the popularity of the innovative new engines will only increase with the introduction of the new Ford Focus next year.

In total car production has increased 31 per cent in 2010 so far, and that is a superb indication of the strength of the UK car industry.

So, if you want to buy British, now is definitely the time.