British-built car numbers grow in 2010

Over 1.27 million cars were made in the UK in 2010 according to the latest figures from the Society of Motoring Manufacturers and Traders, making it easier than ever for car buyers to choose a British-built model.

These include the Vauxhall Astra, which is built in the Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire. In 2010, production of the Vauxhall Astra estate – or ST – also began at the plant.

Manufacturers such as Midlands-based Jaguar also saw production increase in its two plants thanks to the success of the XF executive saloon and luxury XJ.

Sales figures were impressive for Jaguar leading owners Tata Motors to confirm both plants will remain open to cope with demand.

Sister brand Land Rover also saw production increase, and recently announced 1,500 extra jobs were being created at the Halewood plant on Merseyside in preparation for the launch of the latest model in the range, the Range Rover Evoque.

The smallest car in the Range Rover line-up will arrive in the summer in three- and five-door variations. Both are built at the North West facility.

Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive, said: "UK manufacturers exported more than a million vehicles last year underlining the competitiveness and desirability of the current model line-up. UK vehicle production is leading the manufacturing recovery."

The growth in production also applied to engines built in the UK. In 2010 over 2.39 engines were produced, led by the Dagenham-based production of Ford’s EcoBoost engines.

Ford has promised to include at least one efficient, low-CO2 EcoBoost petrol engine option in 80 per cent of its cars by 2013.

The new Ford C-Max, S-Max, Galaxy, Mondeo and Ford Focus, which will arrive this year on the market, all offer EcoBoost versions.