Luxury car maker BMW's UK engine plant near Birmingham has produced its three millionth engine.
The milestone at Hams Hall follows on from a record year of production in 2011, something that may pleasecar insurance providers looking for a boost in policies being taken out by motorists.
The engine - a 1.6 four-cylinder petrol engine - will now be sent to the MINI plant near Oxford, and will be installed in a car destined for India.
Earlier this year, Mini made its debut in the premium small car sector in India, a key emerging market. More than eight in 10 Mini cars made in the UK are now exported to other countries.
Since the car was launched in 2001, more than 1.6 million have been exported from the UK to markets abroad.
Speaking of the three millionth engine milestone, Nick Spencer, plant direct at Hams Hall, said: "Our 800-strong workforce is proud to be playing an important role within BMW Group's global production network, building engines in the UK for cars sold in many countries around world and contributing to the success of the iconic MINI brand."
Mark Prisk, Business Minister, said: "BMW's three millionth engine in a MINI that's now exported to 100 countries is emblematic of the current success of the UK auto sector.
"Last year UK automotive exports were up 15 per cent at an all time high of £29.5 billion in cash terms and engine production increased nearly five per cent to 2.5 million units."
Copyright Press Association 2012