The absence of a major 'national champion' vehicle manufacturing group in Britain marks Britain out from certain other major carmaking nations in Europe. The UK industry is relatively fragmented and international in character, a trend that accelerated with the major Japanese investments of the 1980s and 1990s. But in spite of some continuing concerns over the UK being outside of the eurozone and an eastwards shift in the European centre of gravity, the UK auto industry continues to do rather well with production hitting new records. Chris Wright reports.