UK automakers passed the 500,000 milestone for car production in April with 530,505 new cars built to date.

Production for UK sale was up 19.4% in the first four months of the year, reflecting continuing strong market performance, the SMMT said. Many automakers are gearing up for a wave of new models following billions of pounds of recent investment in the UK. Manufacturers spending on UK production include VW’s Bentley, Honda, Tata’s Jaguar Land Rover and BMW’s Mini – all with new products due to roll off production lines in the next few months.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: “UK car production has escalated in recent years and continues to perform steadily in 2015. Manufacturers across the country are poised to see yet more growth following multi billion pound investments and, providing global markets perform well, output is on track to reach record levels in the next few years.”