Car production line Image: Land Rover

Car manufacturing in Britain hit a 10-year high in 2015, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), with more vehicles exported than ever before.

The industry body said nearly 1.6 million cars were produced during the year - a 3.9% rise on 2014. And nearly 80% of those were exported, despite falling sales in China and Russia.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes: "Despite export challenges in some key markets such as Russia and China, foreign demand for British-built cars has been strong, reaching record export levels in the past year.

"Europe is our biggest trading partner and the UK's membership of the European Union is vital for the automotive sector in order to secure future growth and jobs."

The most produced car in the UK last year was a British icon. Around 201,000 Mini's were built, up 12.4% on 2014. The world's largest car manufacturer, Toyota, saw production rise 10.4% to 190,000.