Data shows that 263,141 engines were produced last month, compared to 229,456 in October 2016 – a rise of 14.7%.

In total, 126,626 units were produced for the home market in October 2017, compared to 100,226 in the same month last year – a rise of 26.3%. Meanwhile, 136,515 units were produced for the export market, compared to 129,230 in October 2016 – a rise of 5.6%.

SMMT chief Mike Hawes says: “Today’s figures are further evidence of massive investment into UK engine R&D and production in recent years, allowing more British vehicle plants to source locally. However, for the sector to attract future investment and trade competitively with customers and suppliers across Europe – still its biggest market – government must act to safeguard the trading conditions we currently enjoy.”