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Bumper profits for Birmingham-based Jaguar Land Rover

New Land Rover cars at the Land Rover and Jaguar Halewood plant in Merseyside. Photo: PA

Jaguar Land Rover made more than half a billion pounds profit between March and June this year - driven largely by sales in China and in particular, sales of the Evoque.

The firm sold 83,452 cars in those three months - 11,774 of them were Jaguars, 71,678 were Land Rover Models.

The growth in sales is down to the success of the Evoque which is made at Jaguar Land Rover's plant at Halewood in Merseyside.

The company has thousands of advance orders for this model from customers in China - and the figures released by parent company, Tata today, highlight how important the Chinese market is.

Jaguar cars awaiting delivery near the company's Castle Bromwich plant Credit: PA

Almost a quarter - 22 per cent of all the 83,000 cars sold by Jaguar Land Rover were bought by Chinese customers.

Jaguar Land Rover needs to start selling more Jaguars - it only accounted for a little over ten per cent of the total sales between March and June.

So it's bringing out new models. Last month it said it's going to build a new estate model at its factory in Castle Bromwich in Birmingham.

Jaguar's Castle Bromwich plant in Birmingham Credit: PA

This will create more than a thousand jobs. It's also building a new engine factory about 30 miles away in Wolverhampton.

Tata, the Indian owners is investing £5 billion in the business - promising 40 new models.

Jaguars are made in Castle Bromwich in Birmingham. Land Rover models are made at the factory in Solihull. The Evoque is made in Halewood near Liverpool but many firms in the Midlands supply parts to this model.