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 made 40% more cars last year, at its Castle Bromwich plant, than they did in 2012.
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%.
One lane is closed on the M6 northbound between J5 A452 (Castle Bromwich) and J6 A38 Aston Expressway Spaghetti Junction, due to a broken down lorry.
Traffic queueing back to J4a M42.
The lorry had been carrying rolls of turf.
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.
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.
The new F-Type is designed to fill the gap left by the E-Type made in the 1970s.
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.
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.
The first Jaguar F-Type cars will leave the Jaguar Land Rover's Castle Bromwich plant today, to showrooms around the world.
The F-Type was one of four new cars being built at the site, which has helped to secure hundreds of jobs at the plant and in the supply chain.
116 firms in the UK, of which half are based in the Midlands, were awarded contracts as part of the car's production.
A convoy of brand new Jaguar F-Type cars will be driven through Coventry today as they are officially handed over to dealerships.
Fifty nine of the two seater sports cars - which have been assembled in Castle Bromwich - will be lined up in the shape of the letter 'F' in the car park of the Ricoh Arena before setting off on a procession along the A444 into Coventry.
The F-Type Jaguar, which will secure thousands of jobs when it's built here in the Midlands, has been unveiled at the Paris Motor show.Read the full story ›
The new F-Type Jaguar Land Rover has been unveiled at the Paris Motor Show tonight. It's a front engined, rear-wheel drive convertible which will be built at the Castle Bromwich plant. The new aluminium Range Rover will be revealed tomorrow. Full details on the car here.
The new F-Type Jaguar Land Rover is being unveiled at the Paris Motor Show tonight. It's a front engined, rear-wheel drive convertible which will be built at the Castle Bromwich plant. The new aluminium Range Rover will be revealed tomorrow. Full details on the car here.