Motor firms in UK could break manufacturing records in the next few years following recent multi-billion pound investments at factories across the country.
Car production will be expanded, new models introduced and thousands of jobs created as a result of investments unveiled in the last 18 months by companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan and Vauxhall, among others.
Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showed the UK could surpass the 1972 record of 1.92 million cars produced, with more than two million units rolling off domestic manufacturing lines in 2015.
Achieving annual car manufacturing volumes in excess of two million units would mean an increase in manufacturing output of more than 50% over 2011's level of 1.3 million units.
Paul Everitt, SMMT's chief executive, said: “The UK automotive industry is leading economic recovery with increased manufacturing output, growing export volumes and new jobs being created on the back of major international investment in the sector.
“Our engineering expertise, workforce flexibility and renowned motoring heritage, combined with top level collaboration between industry and government, makes the UK an important location for the global automotive industry.
“The UK has attracted unprecedented levels of new investment and has a tremendous opportunity to see vehicle manufacturing rise to record levels in the years ahead.
“To remain globally competitive it is essential that industry and Government continue to work in partnership and that key eurozone markets return to sustainable levels of economic growth."
The SMMT said the ongoing stability and success of the UK automotive industry was linked closely to demand from the continent.