While the automotive industry is truly global, UK car manufacturing continues to be hugely important in Britain, with a number of best-selling models produced on these shores.
So whether it’s affordable superminis to electric cars to flagship luxury cars, there are plenty of vehicles which are still produced here in the UK.
Here’s a look at the British-built you can buy today.
Aston Martin – Full range
Aston Martin is a legendary British sports car brand and despite having close ties with Mercedes these days, its full range of models continue to be produced in the UK.
Its key sports cars – the Vantage, DB11 and DBS Superleggera – are produced in Gaydon, Warwickshire, while the brand’s recently-launched DBX SUV is produced in St Athan, Wales, at a new plant there.
Bentley – Full range
Like Aston Martin, luxury brand Bentley continues to produce its full range of models in the UK at the brand’s HQ and plant in Crewe, Cheshire.
Producing the Continental GT, which recently celebrated the 200,000th model rolling out of the factory, the Flying Spur saloon and the Bentayga SUV, Bentley is as British as car brands come.
Honda – Civic
Honda has produced cars in the UK since 1992, and while models such as the Jazz and CR-V have also been made in Swindon, today it’s just the Civic that’s manufactured here.
Even that will come to an end, though, with British Civic production set to end in July 2021, at a loss of 3,500 jobs.
Jaguar – XE, XF, F-Type, F-Pace
Jaguar and sibling brand Land Rover also have a rich British history, and it operates two factories in the UK – one in Solihull and the other in Birmingham.
Solihull is where the firm’s F-Pace SUV and XE saloon is produced, while the Castle Bromwich facility also creates the XE, as well as the XF and F-Type sports car. The latter plant will also produce the XJ when it’s relaunched later in 2021. It’s only Jaguar’s I-Pace EV and E-Pace SUV that are made elsewhere – both of these being produced in Austria by an outsourced company called Magna Steyr.
Land Rover – Discovery Sport, Range Rover Evoque, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar, Range Rover
Land Rover is renowned for being a British brand, too, and it’s only the Discovery and Defender that are made elsewhere – both of these are built in Slovakia.
The rest of the range, however, are manufactured across the shared Solihull plant, while the Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque are produced at a plant in Halewood, Merseyside.
Lotus – Elise, Exige and Evora
Lotus is famously known for its home of Norfolk, and while the brand might now be owned by Chinese automotive giant Geely, its range of cars continue to be built in the East of England.
It’s the brand’s Exige, Evora and Elise sports cars that are currently built there, though the firm has recently announced the production of these models will end later in 2021 as it gears up to launch a new range of performance cars, which are also set to be built in the UK.
McLaren – Full range
While you might think of Ferrari and Porsche as the performance car brands to be reckoned with, British brand McLaren has been showing in recent years just what a strong player it is in this field.
And its full line-up of models are produced in the UK at a facility in Woking, Surrey. That includes everything from the more ‘affordable’ 540C right through to the Speedtail hypercar.
Mini – Hatch, Electric, Convertible, Clubman
While Mini might now be owned by BMW, this brand continues to remain as British as ever, with nearly its full line-up of models produced here, with the exception of the Netherlands-built Countryman.
But the rest of the Mini range is produced in Cowley, Oxford – including the brand’s new Electric hatchback.
Nissan – Leaf, Juke, Qashqai
Nissan has had huge success with its factory in Sunderland, and it’s been producing cars there since 1986.
Today, it’s the popular Juke and best-selling Qashqai crossovers that are manufactured in the UK, while the electric Leaf hatchback is built there, too. With the new third-generation Qashqai set to be built there, it’s also safeguarded for the future.
Rolls-Royce – Full range
Rolls-Royce is another brand owned by BMW, but this luxury car maker remains as British as they come, with its home being in Chichester, West Sussex.
Like Bentley, its full range of cars are built here, including the Cullinan SUV, Phantom and Ghost saloons, Wraith coupe and Dawn convertible.
Suzuki – Swace
The Suzuki Swace is another new car to be produced in the UK, and it’s the first model from the firm to be built here.
However, it’s not actually a new model, but in fact a rebadged version of the Toyota Corolla estate car.
Toyota – Corolla
As we’ve just mentioned, Suzuki’s Swace is more-or-less identical to the Corolla, so it should come as no surprise that they’re both built at the same factory in Burnaston, Derbyshire.
Previous models from the brand built at the facility include the Carina E, Avensis and Auris, while the brand also has a separate engine plant in Deeside, North Wales.
Vauxhall – Astra, Vivaro
Vauxhall is another firm known for being British, and though just two models are still produced here, it’s still a big player in the UK manufacturing scene.
The Astra is built at a plant in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, and it’s even continued there under new ownership since being taken over by Groupe PSA. The Vivaro van is also manufactured in Luton.