The turnover from motor industry manufacturing rose last year, with record levels expected to be reached by 2015, it was announced today.
Automotive manufacturing turnover for 2011 was £55bn - a 12% increase on 2010, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said.
Combined car and commercial vehicle production last year reached 1.46m which was a 5.1% rise on the 2010 total.
The SMMT said today that independent forecasts suggested the figure could reach an all-time high of 2m vehicles by 2015.
Vehicles made for export were up 14% last year.
CO2 emissions from manufacturing were down by more than 13% per vehicle produced last year.