The manufacturers still building cars in Britain
It’s often been the case that in order to make products more affordable, car manufacturers have had to switch vehicle production overseas. It’s an aspect of the industry which has consistently hit the UK hard.
However, there are plenty of manufacturers still committed to the UK. Let’s take a look at the companies still building cars here.
Aston Martin is a UK company through-and-through, so it’s little surprise that it’s still building cars here. Its main plant in Gaydon, Warwickshire, produces cars like the DB11 AMR and DBS Superleggera.
Plus, Aston has just built a new plant in St Athan, south Wales, which will create the firm’s upcoming DBX SUV.
Bentley is another company with longstanding UK heritage, which is why it continues to build cars to the highest standard at its production site in Crewe.
It produces vehicles such as the Continental GT, Bentayga SUV and the Flying Spur.
Lightweight and head-turning in design, the Caterham Seven is a British sports car icon. Producers of some of the craziest cars in the business, Caterham has a reputation for a no-holds-barred approach to performance.
It continues to hand-build its cars in Dartford.
Honda has had a UK plant since 1992. The Swindon manufacturing site is currently home to the Civic hatchback, which is then sent throughout Europe.
However, things have taken a turn for the worse, with Honda announcing that the site will be shutting in 2021.
In a similar vein to Caterham, Lotus produces handmade, lightweight sports cars that excel at giving the driver a raw, exhilarating experience behind the wheel.
All its cars are built in Hethel, Norfolk, and it’s set to start on a new 1,972bhp electric hypercar too.
If you want traditional building techniques, then look no further than Morgan. Based out of its site in Malvern, Worcestershire, Morgan employs building practices learnt throughout its first days back in 1909.
It currently has some help from BMW, mind you, with the German manufacturer supplying engines and gearboxes for Morgan’s latest Plus Six and Plus Four models.
Jaguar Land Rover
Jaguar Land Rover is one of the biggest names in the UK automotive business. With tens of models produced here - including the Land Rover Discovery Sport, Range Rover Sport and Jaguar F-Type - it’s a key player in the UK market.
It currently has sites in Halewood, Solihull and Castle Bromwich.
The London Electric Vehicle Company is a forward-thinking car manufacturer based in Coventry, where it currently produces the electric black cab.
It is, of course, owned by Chinese company Geely, but has been producing cars at its UK site since 2017.
McLaren is a well-known builder of ultra-exotic, high-end supercars. All of its vehicles are built in its laboratory-like facility in Woking, Surrey, before heading off around the world.
The firm has also created a new Composites Technology Centre in Woking, where it will create carbon fibre chassis for its cars.
Probably one of the best-known British companies, Mini has a long and varied history here in the UK. Of course the classic is the most iconic, but the modern, BMW-made Mini hatch and Clubman estate are still made in Oxford.
Other products from the firm are produced in the company’s secondary site in Bonn, in the Netherlands.
Nissan is a firm with a presence across the globe, with vehicles going here, there and everywhere. A strong production presence in the UK is mainly centred around its Sunderland plant, which accounts for one in every three cars produced in the country.
There’s a lot of uncertainty around the plant’s future, but recent announcements appear to put it at a central place of Nissan’s production plans.
Vauxhall has had a similarly precarious presence in the UK of late, despite the firm producing one of its most popular models - the Astra - at its site in Ellesmere Port.
Production of the Astra Estate has already been moved from to Russelheim, and it’s hoped that this isn’t going to be the same case with the regular Astra in the future.
A car manufacturer with a reputation for making the highest-quality cars, Rolls-Royce is a brand known across the world for its opulent, high-end models. It also makes its cars in an iconic location - Goodwood.
A new factory was built at the firm’s West Sussex headquarters in 2003, where it continues to build the Ghost, Phantom and new Cullinan SUV.
Despite being a well-known Japanese brand, Toyota has a strong presence in the UK as a result of its production sites in Burnaston, Derbyshire and Deeside, north Wales.
It’s here where Toyota produces cars such as the Corolla Hybrid, Corolla hatchback and Corolla Touring Sports - among others.