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Planes, trains and automobiles – is it too late to buy British?Back

The Mini is made in Britain at a production facility outside Oxford

It’s not hard to fault the logic of our Government when it comes to its purchasing decisions. It awards a huge contract to a German rival rather than a Derby-based trainmaker, but still buys luxurious Jaguar XJs for its Ministers. How does that make sense?

If we were to follow a logic that will lead to thousands of job losses in the East Midlands, shouldn’t the Prime Minister be chauffeured in a Skoda Superb? It certainly makes you think about how, why and when British manufacturers should be prioritised over their foreign counterparts – and if the Government can’t get it right then how does Joe Public stand a chance?

Believe me I like “foreign metal” and am no communist, but I really can’t see why the French and German governments can play the game and support their own industry, while ours follows EU rules to the disadvantage of British jobs and taxpayers.

With the demise of MG Rover many car buyers thought that the chance to buy a mass manufactured British car died with the famous marque. In fact, a resurgence in British car making means that isn’t necessarily the case.

Sure, Jaguar Land Rover, Honda, Nissan and others might be owned by foreign conglomerates, but their cars are manufactured on our fair shores and provide much needed jobs.

So if you want to buy British, what models should you look out for? Here are five that are built in the UK:

Range Rover Evoque – the first model rolled off the production line this week and order books are full to overflowing for the soft-roader produced on Merseyside.

Honda Jazz – previously shipped in from Japan, the small family car is now produced in Swindon – which formerly built the space age, latest generation Civic. Click here to view used Honda Jazz from £3,990.

Nissan Leaf – the first mass produced electric car is put together in the Japanese company’s Sunderland plant, with 50,000 of the city runarounds produced every year. The Micra, Note, Qashqai and Qashqai +2 are also built at the factory.

Mini – this ever-growing family of cars is produced outside Oxford. The iconic hatchback, alongside bigger brothers the Clubman and Countryman are built by nearly 5,000 staff at the plant. Click here to view used Minis from £4895

Toyota Auristhis popular hatchback is built alongside the Avensis saloon at the company’s factory in Derbyshire. Production of the Auris Hybrid, the first full mass-produced hybrid in Europe, began in 2010. Click here to view Toyota Auris from £5,688


Posted by Neil Addley on 07/07/2011