UK car manufacturing in May hit the highest level of output since 2004.
There were 141,146 cars manufactured in UK factories, a rise of 42.2 per cent over May 2011, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said.
Car production has increased by 17.3 per cent in the year to date.
Paul Everitt, chief executive of the SMMT, said: "Car manufacturing in May hit the highest level of output since 2004 posting 42.2 per cent growth, a sizeable recovery against volumes hampered by last year's Japanese tsunami.
"This boost, coupled with robust year-to-year results, demonstrates the strength of the UK automotive manufacturing industry and shows why it continues to attract high levels of international investment."
Engine manufacturing increased by 13.4 per cent last month, taking the total for the year so far to over a million.
The number of commercial vehicles built in May fell by 7.4 per cent to 9,445.
Of the 141,146 cars built in the UK, a total of 120,120, or 85 per cent, were for export.