The number of cars built in the UK rose 13% in February compared with last year, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The SMMT said 146,955 cars were built last month, up by roughly 17,000 from last year. It means the UK has already built 284,507 in 2016 so far, a 10% rise on the same period last year.

Of the near-147,000 cars, almost 104,880 were exported to international markets, with the remaining 42,075 sold in the UK.

Last year saw the UK build 1.6 million cars, up 3.9% on 2014's total. While it wasn't a record, other industry experts expect production to hit a new record of two million by 2017.

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."