UK car production rose 21.3% year on year in April 2014 to 133,437 units, the biggest monthly rise since July 2012.

Year to date volumes increased 6.9% to 538,240 with January-April exports up 8.7% to 424,805.

"The thriving nature of the UK car manufacturing industry was evident in April as output grew at its highest rate for almost two years," said Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, in a statement.

"New model introductions are fuelling growth, while Europe – which currently accounts for around half of exports – is now seeing an upturn in demand

"As investments continue to be realised, we expect further rises in the coming months; good news for the thousands of suppliers and employees across the country that rely on this industry."

Car manufacturing Apr-13 Apr-14 % Change YTD-13 YTD-14 % Change
Total 110,033 133,437 21.3% 503,449 538,240 6.9%
Home 22,278 26,930 20.9% 112,531 113,435 0.8%
Export 87,755 106,507 21.4% 390,918 424,805 8.7%
% export 79.8% 79.8%   77.6% 78.9%