Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has crowned a record year with the announcement that it is to create 800 jobs at its Solihull plant in the West Midlands.
The announcement was made on the eve of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, with JLR attributing its success to new model introductions and update programmes.
The company says that in 2012 it sold 357,773 vehicles globally — an increase of 30 per cent across 177 markets. Sales in China rose more than 70 per cent, making the nation JLR’s largest market. This is followed by the UK with sales of 68,333 vehicles, up 19 per cent; the US (55,675, up 11 per cent); Russia (20,549, up 43 per cent); and Germany (16,722 up 41 per cent).
More than 200 of the new roles at Solihull are supported by the UK government’s Regional Growth Fund and form part of a £370m investment programme at the site, which includes the installation of a new aluminium body shop for the all-new Range Rover Evoque, plus upgrades to paint-applications technologies, trim assembly, warehousing and JLR’s first customer handover centre.