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Land Rover UK win Car Maker of the Year

Land Rover win award Photo: PA Pictures

Midlands based Land Rover has been named the 2012 Car Maker of the Year in the Motor Trader Awards.

The car maker picked up the award in London last night and were praised for their long term investment in the UK retail market and creating manufacturing jobs.

Land Rover is a brand on the move. Sales have been rising in a tough market since 2010, thanks to a range of compelling vehicles and the addition of the hugely popular Evoque.

– Curtis Hutchinson, Motor Trader Editor

Land Rover UK forms one half of the larger company Jaguar Land Rover which is owned by India based TATA, India's largest automobile country.

The Midlands is home to four Jaguar Land Rover sites and employs nearly 12,000 people from across the Midlands.

The company cut nearly 500 jobs in 2009 but in the last 3 years has increased production and has ploughed £1bn into the UK supplier markets.

It's latest model, the Range Rover Evoque, is one of their best sellers. It's made in Liverpool but £2bn worth of parts for the car are made at several plants across the Midlands in Coventry and Birmingham.

Land Rover production line doing well Credit: PA Pictures

The judges of the award took into account the effectiveness of Land Rover’s commercial re-organisation and the long-term investment it has made in its UK retail network to build for sustained performance.

We highly value this award as it reflects what we are achieving with our developing product range

– Laura Schwab, Land Rover UK's Marketing Director