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Great news for the British automotive industry as Jaguar Land Rover says it will create 1,300 new jobs

Great news for the British automotive industry as Jaguar Land Rover says it will create 1,300 new jobs January 12, 2015 by Mike Henshaw

Great news for the British automotive industry as Jaguar Land Rover says it will create 1,300 new jobs to build Jaguar's first sports utility vehicle (SUV) at its Solihull plant in the West Midlands.

The firm has already invested £1.5bn in the Solihull plant to enable it to increase production; the workforce there has almost doubled over the past three years to 9,450 and Jaguar Land Rover currently employs 30,500 people in the UK.

The car, called the Jaguar F-PACE, will be based on the C-X17 concept car which was first unveiled at the its Frankfurt motor show in 2013. This new model is due to go on sale in 2016.

Jaguar Land Rover's UK executive director, Mike Wright, has stated that even though the new vehicle will have an imposing presence it will  not be a "gas guzzler".

He comments:

"We spend about £3.5bn on our product investment each year and one thing that we really focus on is making sure that our future cars are both economic in terms of fuel economy and in terms of CO2".

"This car's going to be built at one of the world's biggest aluminium body shops at Solihull that we've invested a huge amount of money in over the last couple of years. So gas guzzling? No".

The luxury car firm, owned by India's Tata Motors, said it had chosen the UK as the new model's manufacturing base because it wanted its cars to be "crafted with that special British flair".

Business Secretary Vince Cable has hailed the decision as a "ringing endorsement" of the UK's car industry and said that Jaguar Land Rover's decision showed the UK's car manufacturing sector was in good health.

The announcement came as Jaguar Land Rover reported sales of  462,678 vehicles globally last year – a rise of 9% year-on-year – and the fifth consecutive year that sales have grown.

China saw the strongest growth, with sales up 28%, while in the UK sales rose 7%.

 

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