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UK Builds 1.5 Million Cars in 2014

Published 23 January 2015

What's more important than the headline figure is that 450,000 were high end, high profit cars by Jaguar LandRover.

So, though the 1.5 million was the highest number since 2007, the value of those cars and the profits generated were far greater.

The popularity of premium and specialist brands around the world meant that the overall value of car exports had doubled between 2005 and 2014.

It's also important to remember that Britain produces 2,500,000 engines, primarily by Ford, JLR, BMW, Nissan, and Toyota.

Nissan's factory in Sunderland built the most cars by any single British-based manufacturer, with 500,238 rolling off its production line. The other big figures were:

  • 449,507 vehicles produced at Jaguar Land Rover's plants in Castle Bromwich, Halewood and Solihull
  • 178,993 at the Mini site at Cowley, Oxford
  • 172,215 by Toyota at Burnaston, Derby
  • 121,799 for Honda at Swindon
  • 77,836 by Vauxhall at Ellesmere Port


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