Car plants in the UK produced more than 1.5 million vehicles last year, the highest number since 2007, annual figures show.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said that demand for premium brands, such as Jaguar Land Rover, had helped boost annual sales by an overall 1.2%. However, for the second year running, the number of vehicles exported fell.

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