Car production accelerated ahead last year, making a big recovery after a slump in 2009.
A total of 1.27 million cars were produced in the UK - a 27.1 per cent increase on the 2009 figure, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said. Commercial vehicle (CV) production also rose sharply, rising 35.7 per cent last year to 123,019.
Despite a slip last month, UK engine output for 2010 - at 2.39 million units - was 16.2 per cent up on 2009.
Car production in December was 10.6 per cent higher than in December 2009, while CV production rose 19.4 per cent.
The 2010 figures are in stark contrast to those for 2009 when even the boost of the Government's car-scrappage scheme in the spring failed to compensate for massive production declines in the early part of the year.
It resulted in a 30.9 per cent fall in 2009 car production compared with 2008, while CV production went down even further, dipping 55.3 per cent.
SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said today: "UK vehicle production is leading the manufacturing recovery.
"UK manufacturers exported more than a million vehicles last year, underlining the competitiveness and desirability of the current model line-up. We expect further growth across automotive manufacturing this year as industry continues to invest in new models and a variety of low-carbon technologies."