Buying British cars even easier as production soars

Land Rover, Jaguar and Vauxhall all build cars in the UK and the introduction of new cars has helped the industry grow drastically compared to previous years.

In total nearly 850,000 cars have been built in the UK in the first eight months of 2011 – with 150,000 destined for UK homes.

Paul Everitt, Chief Executive of the Society of Motoring Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), which released the figures, said: “We are on target to exceed 2010 production volumes this year, with more growth to come in 2012.”

The success is partly down to exciting new cars built in the UK. The introduction of the Range Rover Evoque, the smallest luxury SUV in the range, led to 3,000 orders for the car before it went on sale this month.

Built at the Land Rover plant in Halewood, Merseyside alongside the Freelander 2 SUV, the Range Rover Evoque is just one of the new cars launched this year to be built in the UK.

A new Jaguar XF, built at Castle Bromwich in the Midlands, has recently been updated with a new 2.2-litre diesel engine described by Jaguar as its greenest yet.

The new 2012 Jaguar XF delivers 187bhp but CO2 emissions are just 149g/km and fuel economy is as high as 52.3mpg – the best environmental performance ever offered by a Jaguar XF.

The UK is also home to Ford’s engine plant in Bridgend, which produces its range of low-CO2 petrol EcoBoost engines.

Vauxhall currently builds the Vauxhall Astra hatchback and Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer at its Ellesmere Port plant, a facility described as ‘world class’ by Vauxhall CEO Nick Reilly last year.

Vans such as the iconic Ford Transit, Vauxhall Vivaro and Renault Trafic are all built at UK plants.