The UK has the highest productivity of major European car producers, a world-leading motorsport sector, and a huge range of specialist engineering consultancies, putting it at the cutting edge of the automotive industry.

Pioneering research

The UK is a global leader, shaping the future of mobility, and leading developments in connected, autonomous, shared and electric transport.

Strong supply chain

The local content of UK-made cars rose from 36% in 2011 to 44% in 2017 and is continuing to increase.


The UK dominates global motorsport – 6 of 10 Formula 1 teams have their headquarters in the UK, and we’re also the home of Formula E. There are 4,500 other companies also operating in the sector.


Ansible Motion offers automotive engineers a safe and cost-effective way to test new vehicle designs.

Norwich, UK


turnover for the UK automotive industry


vehicles manufactured in the UK in 2018


engines produced in the UK in 2018


people working in UK automotive manufacturing


of the UK’s automotive output is exported


ultra-low emission vehicles on the road

A country of innovation

The National Automotive Innovation Centre in Warwick is the largest research centre of its kind in Europe, with 33,000m2 space dedicated to automotive innovation, and 100 staff working across design, engineering and research.

Electric market

We’re Europe’s second biggest market for plug-in vehicles, with 47,263 registered in 2017.

Electric manufacture

We’re Europe’s biggest manufacturer of electric vehicles, with over 25,000 public chargepoints available across the UK.

Electric performance

The Faraday Challenge is a £246 million investment in the development of world-leading batteries for electric vehicles.

Next steps

Whether you’re looking for a supplier or starting a business in the UK, we can help. Get in touch with us for simple, straightforward help and advice on how to do business in the UK.