Jaguar Land Rover will create 1,300 new jobs after the company announced that its newest model – a Jaguar 4×4 – will be made in Britain.The jobs will be created at its Solihull plant where the car-maker will build what is its first Jaguar SUV.
It will be based on the C-X17 concept it showed off over a year ago and be called the F-Pace.
Chief executive Dr Ralf Speth said the announcement demonstrates the company’s “commitment to the UK and the advancement of a high-tech, high-skilled, manufacturing-led economy”.
Jaguar Land Rover already employs more than 30,000 people in Britain. Last year it announced an extra 1,700 jobs at Solihull to build Jaguar’s XE sports saloon.
The announcement was made from the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Dr Speth said Jaguar Land Rover was committed to building great cars “crafted with that special British flair”.
“We want to improve the quality of life for our customers and for our own employees, creating opportunities for more people,” he said.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said the announcement was “great news for British manufacturing and a ringing endorsement of our expertise in innovation and technology”.
“The UK’s automotive industry is thriving with a new car rolling off the production line every 20 seconds, and increasing levels of investment that’s helping to secure local jobs,” he said.
“Through our industrial strategy we are backing companies like JLR as they go from strength to strength.”