UK car manufacturing rose by 5.8% to 1,343,810 units in 2011 and ended the year with a 1.6% rise in production in December.
Nissan’s Sunderland factory produced the largest volume in the UK last year with 480,485 units with its Qashqai, Juke and Note.
Commercial vehicle output fell by 1.4% in 2011 to 121,312 units in 2011 and was down 2.7% in December.
UK engine production rose by 4.9% to 2,504,054 in 2011, despite a modest 1.3% fall in December.
Paul Everitt, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders chief executive, said: “UK vehicle and engine production continues to lead the manufacturing recovery with increased output and exports taking a record-breaking share.
“In 2011, vehicle manufacturers renewed their commitment to the UK securing new model programmes, facilities and jobs for the long term. It is essential that industry and Government continue to work in partnership to maximise the opportunities at all levels of the UK supply chain and encourage more investment in R&D, skills and new plant and machinery."