Jaguar to create 1,700 new jobs in Solihull

The British premium automaker introduces its first ever sports crossover concept vehicle.

New Statesman
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Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is planning to create 1,700 jobs at the Solihull plant in the West Midlands, as part of its £1.5bn investment plan to build new vehicles featuring the all-new technically-advanced aluminium vehicle architecture.

The company, which is part of Tata Motors of India, is planning to launch a mid-sized sports sedan with aluminium vehicle architecture in 2015.

Ralf Speth, CEO of JLR, said: “Jaguar Land Rover is a business driven by design, technology and innovation and this investment and level of job creation is yet further evidence of our commitment to advancing the capability of the UK automotive sector and its supply chain.”

JLR said that the new technology will allow it to compete with major global brands, apart from creating new markets.

Vince Cable, UK Business Secretary, said: “This all-aluminium architecture project typifies the type of innovative and high value R&D that the UK excels in and government is supporting through the automotive industrial strategy.”

Since 2011, JLR has created about 11,000 new jobs in the UK, including the latest 1,700.

In addition, the company has introduced its first ever sports crossover concept vehicle called C-X17 with an all-new aluminium monocoque architecture.

JLR will invest circa £2.75bn in its product creation and facilities during the financial year ending March 2014. It sold 27,852 vehicles in August 2013, which is an increase of 28 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Earlier this month, JLR has revealed details of a new £16.3m research project named Evoque_e, which will see the realisation of three research vehicles demonstrating next-generation technologies for a mild hybrid electric vehicle, a plug-in hybrid vehicle, and a 100 per cent battery electric vehicle.