Vehicles made in the Midlands are leading the way in global sales.
The region is making far more cars this year than it did last but that figure could be even higher if smaller firms, who keep the big manufacturers going, could expand.
Paul Everitt from SMMT
Richard Parry-Jones from the Automotive Council
Sportscar manufacturers in the Midlands have been praised as examples of how specialist car-makers in the UK are leading the world.
The industry turned over more than two billion pounds last year.
It comes as Land Rover is named as this year's car-maker of the year in the Motor Trade Awards.