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Jaguar Land Rover announce 1,700 new jobs

Jaguar cars are made in Castle Bromwich in Birmingham Photo: PA

Jaguar Land Rover says it's creating 1,700 new jobs and investing another £1.5bn into its factory at Solihull.

The firm will build a new plant on the site to make aluminium body panels and a final assembly line.

A production line at Castle Bromwich Credit: ITV Central

Jaguar Land Rover say the 1,700 jobs will create a further 24,000 jobs in the supply chain.

The company is building the new facility to make aluminium Jaguars.

Yesterday it said it's bringing out a mid-sized saloon car in 2015. It will be the first car which will be built on an aluminium platform which can be used to make several different models.

The CX17 concept car was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show yesterday Credit: ITV Central

It's the first time the company will have a production line which can build several different models simultaneously, and allows it to go into high volume production.

Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director for Jaguar said:

'The potential of that one car is higher per year than the whole of Jaguar's last year's sales.'

Detail of a Range Rover Credit: PA

The firm already makes an aluminium car - the new Range Rover - which has proved to be one of the companies most successful models - despite the £100,000 price tag.

In 2012 Jaguar Land Rover sold 357,773 cars. In the 12 months to March, this year, it had revenues of £15.8bn and profits of £1.675bn.

Since 2011 the company has created almost 11,000 new jobs.

Speaking about the announcement, Prime Minister David Cameron said:

“The creation of 1,700 new jobs from this £1.5bn investment by Jaguar Land Rover is fantastic news for Solihull and a huge vote of confidence in the UK. This investment will also deliver another 24,000 jobs in the supply chain – on top of the 1.3 million the private sector has already created since 2010. The day after the Chancellor tells the nation that Britain is turning a corner, what better evidence that our economy is recovering than this.

“Our motoring industry is world class – right out there at the front of the global race – and Jaguar Land Rover is a great example of that British excellence. One vehicle rolls off a production line somewhere in the UK every 20 seconds and the Government’s Automotive Industrial Strategy will help to continue this success for years to come.”

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