​UK car manufacturing hit another milestone in February when a total of 146,955 cars were built in British factories, of which, 104,880 cars were exported and 42,075 were sold in the home market. 

The 146,955 total is up by around 17,000 or 13.1% up from last February. The growth is due to a growing admiration of UK built cars at home and overseas. 

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: "The UK automotive industry's impressive growth continued into February, with demand from both domestic and overseas customers showing no signs of slowing.

"The outlook for the sector is bright, but much will depend on global political and economic conditions in the months and years to come."

UK commercial vehicle manufacturing also recorded modest progress in February with total output up 1.5%, this was largely down to the increase in foreign demand, up 19.9%. However, there was a fall of 13.2% in production for UK buyers.

British engine manufacturing also recorded its biggest growth in six months, up 11.1% to 230,868 units, steered by a rise in output for the domestic market.

248,507 cars have been built so far this year, up 10.6% on 2015. The news comes after UK car manufacturing hit a 10 year high in 2015 when almost 1.6 million cars were produced, up 3.9% on 2014.

Industry analysts predict car output to reach record levels of around two million units by 2017, overtaking the 1972 record of 1.92 million.