Following several debates on Twitter over which car brands are “British”, we undertook research to establish final ownership. Our aim was to establish which brands were still being manufactured in the UK, and which were still under UK control.
The following are brands that are identified as “British”. To determine whether a brand was British, we used the origins of the marque and whether it was still producing vehicles.
To determine whether the brand was “British Owned” we identified who had final controlling ownership. This allowed us to discount any UK company structures where final ownership rested with overseas interests.
For example, Rolls Royce Cars is a UK based limited company, but is 100% owned by BMW.
|Aston Martin||Floated on London Stock Exchange. Owners include Prestige Motor SA (Luxembourg), Adeem (Kuwaiti)||Assembled in the UK.|
|Bentley||Owned by Volkswagen.||Assembled in Crewe, UK|
|Caterham||Owned by 3 businessmen from South East Asia||Assembled in the UK|
|Dyson||Owned by Singaporean company||Dyson not yet producing cars. R&D work taking place in UK, assembly in Singapore. Dyson relocated to Singapore at the end of 2018|
|Jaguar Land Rover||Owned by Tata||Assembly takes place worldwide, depending on model and market|
|London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC)||Owned by Geely (Chinese)||Assembled in UK|
|Lotus Cars||Owned by Geely (Chinese)||Assembled in UK|
|McLaren||Majority owned by sovereign wealth fund from Bahrain.||Manufactured in the UK.|
|MG||Owned by Chinese state motor company SAIC||Some R&D takes place in UK, with production in China and Thailand.|
|MINI||Owned by BMW.||Assembly takes place worldwide, depending on the market.|
|Morgan||Majority owned by Investindustrial (Italy) with Morgan family still engaged||Manufactured in the UK.|
|Rolls Royce||Owned by BMW.||Assembled in the UK|
|Rover||Owned by Tata||Currently a dormant brand.|
|Vauxhall||Wholly owned subsidiary of Opel, now owned by Peugeot.||Astra and some engines are built in the UK. Vauxhall is exclusive to the UK as a brand.|
Aston Martin has recently floated on the London Stock Exchange. Our review shows the company is still controlled by Prestige and Adeem.
Dyson is not producing cars at present. We included it as it is oft-cited as a “UK Based Company” investing in Britain.
Non-British Brands Manufacturing in the UK
The majority of car assembly is undertaken by Japanese manufacturers. The forthcoming withdrawal of Honda from the UK will leave only Toyota and Nissan operating in the UK, although Toyota will assemble vehicles on behalf of Suzuki to maximise their production line.
Ford also operates in the UK, manufacturing engines and carrying out some R&D. Since the sale of Opel to Peugeot, General Motors has no UK operations, nor any presence in the EU markets.
|Ford||US||Only engines are manufactured in the UK. R&D Facility in Dunton|
|Honda||Japanese||Plant in Swindon to be closed|
|Nissan||Japanese||Assembly occurs in Sunderland|
|Suzuki||Japanese||Has announced a sharing arrangement with Toyota for their Derby Plant|
|Toyota||Japanese||Assembly occurs in Derbyshire|