The best of British parked up in Greenwich to highlight the resurgence of the country’s auto industry.

Ten cars showcased the range of models made on home soil ahead of their various visits to Europe’s motor shows.

From family hatchbacks such as the Vauxhall Astra to the high-end Aston Martin Rapide, they looked “spectacular”, according to business secretary Sajid Javid.

He told a gathering of leading manufacturers on Thursday, September 10, that the sector was a star of British industry and praised its sales, exports and job creation.

Mr Javid said: “The UK Government backs you in all you do, all the challenges and issues that you face. Thank you for your continued investment in the UK.”

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders chief executive Mike Hawes said: “We’re taking [the cars] to Frankfurt next week for one of the most important shows and we hope to wow them.”

The auto industry has seen £2billion of investment and 4,500 new jobs this year alone and accounts for 11.8% of Britain’s total exports.


From left: Tim Tozer, MD, Vauxhall Motors; Andy Palmer, CEO, Aston Martin; Philip Crossman, MD, Honda UK; Tony Walker, Deputy MD, Toyota Manufacturing UK; Kevin Rose, Member of the Board, Bentley Motors; Business Secretary, Sajid Javid; Mike Hawes, Chief Executive, SMMT; Mike Wright, Executive Director, Jaguar Land Rover; James Wright, MD, Nissan Motor (GB); Joe Greenwall, CEO, UKTI Automotive Investment Organisation and Graeme Grieve, MD, BMW Group UK and Ireland