www.britishbuiltcars.co.uk has been created, following extensive industry research, to answer the perennial question: "Exactly which makes and models of car are made in the UK?". There remains much confusion around this subject, due in part to the extensive change in ownership of Britain's major car companies in recent years and the welcome investment in this industry by three major Japanese producers.
Despite the impression given by media stories over many years, the UK car industry is currently in a very healthy state, with seven volume manufacturers building high quality, well designed and innovative vehicles in competitive quantities. There is also a vibrant group of smaller manufacturers producing highly original cars for specialist and niche markets. It's also worth noting that the UK plays host to the largest concentration of motorsport firms in the world, with eight Formula One teams based here.
The facts speak for themselves. According to the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders), the UK made a total of 1,528,148 cars in 2014 up 1.2% on 2013. From this figure, 1,195,196 cars went for export, representing 78.2% of the total output, with a value to the UK's economy of £26 billion. Car manufacturing in the UK directly employs approximately 145,000 people, plus many more in this country's automotive supply chain. It is estimated that every job in UK vehicle assembly supports 7.5 elsewhere in the economy. Several announcements in 2012 of continuing large scale investment in the UK car industry by companies such as Vauxhall, Honda, Nissan and Jaguar Land Rover underlines these facts.
www.britishbuiltcars.co.uk features almost 80 UK manufacturers producing over 200 different models. We now also list British-built vans and over 30 models of motorbikes made in the UK.
The product information featured on this site has been taken from the manufacturers' own websites, with their express knowledge and permission, or supplied by them directly. Where the smaller, specialist manufacturers are concerned only 'turnkey' cars (factory-built with either IVA, MSVA or Small Series Type Approval) are listed on this site, but some of their models are also available as self-build projects.