Production of vehicles in February rose to 138,296, thanks to companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan and Mini expanding in the UK.
JLR’s popular latest model, the Range Rover Evoque production increased by 33 per cent in 2011 to 238,237.
To cope with the increased demand in production, the company announced last week it would create 1,000 new jobs at its Halewood manufacturing plant, bringing number of employees up to 4,500.
This is in addition to the 1,000 new jobs to be created at its Solihull plant, announced at the end of last year.
Des Thurlby, HR director of JLR, said: “These 1,000 new jobs are further evidence of JLR’s clear ambition for continued growth. We are moving Halewood to three shifts and 24-hour operation to meet increased global demand for our products.
“JLR’s supply chain is also set to benefit.”
Nissan’s Sunderland model production also rose to 480,485 in 2011 which added to the 5.8 per cent national increase in automotive manufacturing last year. 83.7 per cent of the 1.34million cars produced, were then exported.
Paul Everitt, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said: “Car manufacturing rose 23.5pc in February maintaining the trend of strong export-led growth and confirming the importance of manufacturing to a rebalanced and prosperous economy.”