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Jaguar Land Rover in £400m Castle Bromwich investment

JLR will build its latest Jaguar XF at the plant Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Jaguar Land Rover is investing more than £400m at its factory in Castle Bromwich in Birmingham to build its latest Jaguar XF.

Later this week, Jaguar Land Rover will announce that it's spending hundreds of millions of pounds upgrading the Castle Bromwich factory, so it can build the new car which will be made from aluminium.

The factory nearly closed five years ago under Ford, before they sold the company to Tata.


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%.

Three taken to hospital after three-car pile-up

Three people were taken to hospital after a three-car pile-up closed off a busy main road in Solihull.

The A452 Collector Road in Castle Bromwich was shut by emergency services after a car carrying two women crashed with two other cars, spinning out of control and flipping onto its roof.

Two women were travelling in this car when it crashed with two others and ended up on its roof Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Emergency services were called to the scene shortly before 2.30pm yesterday.

The women were freed thanks to the help of passers-by and were taken by paramedics to Heartlands Hospital as a precaution, due to the serious damage suffered by the car.

A man in another of the cars had to be cut free by fire crews and was taken to the same hospital.

The road was reopened shortly afterwards.

First F-Type rolls off production line

The first Jaguar F-Type made for customers has rolled off the production line in Castle Bromwich in Birmingham.

The new F-Type is designed to fill the gap left by the E-Type made in the 1970s.

Jaguar F-Type Credit: Jaguar Land Rover

The all new sports car resulted in contracts worth £2.8 billion being placed with companies internationally – with in excess of £1.5 billion placed with companies in the UK.

New F-Type from Jaguar Credit: Jaguar Land Rover

116 companies in the UK have benefited from the F-Type production and half of those are based in the West Midlands, including Coventry and Sutton Coldfield based Webasto, which supply the roof.

Jaguar say they plan to export over 75% of the cars produced in Birmingham with the USA expected to be the largest market.The cars start from £58,520.00 and have already gone on sale world-wide.

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