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Jaguar increased production by 40% for 2013

Jaguar made 40% more cars last year, at its Castle Bromwich plant, than they did in 2012.

Jaguar's plant at Castle Bromwich, in Birmimgham, increased its vehicle production by 40% in 2013... Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

More than 78,000 cars, including the F-type Jaguar, rolled off its production lines - Landrover production was also up by 11%.

The news comes after Derby's Toyota factory, in Burnaston, announced the biggest production increase in the whole of the UK; with production up by 60%.

Toyota production-line up 60% in 2013

Toyota made 60% more cars at its Derbyshire site last year than in 2012.

Toyota's Burnaston factory, in Derbyshire, produced 180,000 cars in 2013... Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The increase marks the biggest growth out of all the car manufacturers in the country, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

180,000 cars rolled out of its Burnaston factory in 2013.

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Potential bid for Midlands' Remploy factories

Potential bid for Midlands' Remploy factories Credit: The Remploy centre in Derby could be saved. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Remploy, a company which provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities, has confirmed that a preferred bidder has been identified for its automotive business based in factories in Birmingham, Coventry and Derby.

Negotiations will now be held to complete a transaction as soon as possible.

The company made the announcement as it confirmed three factories in Blackburn, Neath and Sheffield are to close as no bids have been made for the furniture part of the business.

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Largest gathering of Rover vehicles in recent times

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The largest gathering of Rover vehicles in many years has taken place in Warwickshire today.

The event has been jointly organised by the Rover Sports Register (RSR) and the Rover P6 Club, in celebration of the RSR's 60th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Rover P6.

Over 250 cars and other vehicles have arrived at Coughton Court, near Alcester.

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Jaguar Land Rover boss: Midlands fantastic region for cars

Jaguar Land Rover boss Dr Ralf Speth says he wants to compete with US car makers but says the expansion will be driven from the UK. He says the Midlands is a fantastic region to build cars.

He was speaking at the British American Business Council dinner in Birmingham yesterday evening.

British colleges produce the best designers and engineers and the UK has the best car craftsmen in the world, he said, and advanced manufacturing is the key to success.

Jaguar Land Rover boss Dr Ralf Speth says the Midlands is a fantastic region to build cars in. Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

Business secretary Vince Cable revealed at the dinner that Dr Speth lets him loose on the Jaguar Land Rover race tracks.

Both men are in Birmingham for a three day transatlantic conference organised by the British American Business Council.

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Japanese airbag recall affects total of 3.4 million cars

Toyota has said the replacement of airbag inflators will take a few hours for each vehicle. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The scope of the Japanese airbag problem is a little wider than first reported, with a total of around 3.4 million vehicles set to be recalled worldwide.

The recall includes 490,000 cars in Europe and 580,000 from North America.

The concern is that airbags in front of the vehicles' front passenger seat may not inflate when required, a spokesman for Toyota said.

He added that no injuries or deaths had been reported because of the fault.

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