Live updates

Range Rover built in Solihull sets land crossing record

The new Range Rover Sport, built at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) in the West Midlands, has set the fastest recorded time for a land vehicle crossing on one of the harshest and most challenging desert environments in the world.

The home of the Range Rover brand is based in Solihull Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The record, set in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, saw the new model cross a harsh desert known as ‘The Empty Quarter’ in a fastest recorded time of 10 hours, 22 minutes. The desert is the second largest after the Sahara and known for temperatures exceeding 50 degrees Celsius.

The time was set by a standard production new Range Rover Sport with a 5.0 litre supercharged V8 petrol engine, running standard tyres. The only modification to the vehicle coming out of the JLR site at Lode Lane in Solihull was the fitment of an underbody protection plate.

Jaguar Land Rover posted record September sales this year Credit: Dave Thompson/PA

The challenge is the second that the new Range Rover Sport has completed in recent months, following its record hill climb for a production SUV at Pikes Peak in America in June.

In September, the luxury car maker revealed a £1.5billion investment into its plant at Solihull, creating 1,700 new jobs.

And earlier this year, the company also announced it would be increasing its investment into its new factory at the i54 business park in South Staffordshire to £500million, employing a total of 1,300 people.

David Cameron: 'Toyota and Jaguar Land Rover' leading re-industrialisation of the UK

During Prime Minister's Questions, the MP for South Derbyshire Heather Wheeler asked David Cameron to join her in congratulating Toyota, which has a base at Burnaston in Derby, as well as other manufacturers, following recent figures which showed that car production in the UK has gone up by 10%.

In his response, the Prime Minister said companies like Toyota and Jaguar Land Rover are leading the re-industrialisation of the United Kingdom.

Advertisement

Jaguar Land Rover posts 'record' September sales

Car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has posted record sales for September, up almost a fifth on last year's figures.

Less than a month after JLR announced a second major expansion project in the Midlands, the company revealed it sold 43,181 cars in September - up 17 per cent on 2012.

Jaguar Land Rover has posted 'record' September sales
Jaguar Land Rover has posted 'record' September sales Credit: Dave Thompson/PA

During the first nine months of the year, JLR made 312,834 sales - up 16 per cent on the same period last year and exceeding the total sales figures for the whole of 2012.

In June, the company announced it would be increasing its investment into its new factory at the i54 business park in South Staffordshire to £500million, employing a total of 1,300 people.

And last month, the luxury car maker revealed a £1.5billion investment into its site in Lode Lane, Solihull, creating 1,700 new jobs.

'Queen's favourite' Land Rover to cease production

The Queen driving a Land Rover Defender in 2000
The Queen driving a Land Rover Defender in 2000 Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

One of the Queen's favourite vehicles, the Land Rover Defender, is to cease production in the West Midlands.

The last Land Rover Defender will be produced by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) at Solihull in December 2015.

Featuring in the Angelina Jolie film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and in the latest James Bond movie, Skyfall, the Defender name can be traced back to the early 1990s.

JLR has confirmed that Defender production will cease but has stressed a new replacement vehicle would join the Land Rover model range.

JLR announce new R&D facility in Warwick

Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed it will create a £100million education centre for research and development at the University of Warwick.

Construction work starts on campus in September 2014. The facility will open in 2016 which is also when Jaguar Land Rover plan to have doubled the size of their research team. Around 1000 academics and researchers will work at the building.

Advertisement

Unite: 'JLR is a great British success story'

Unite, Britain's biggest union, has described Jaguar Land Rover as a 'great British success story.'

It comes as the company announced it is creating 1,700 new jobs and investing another £1.5bn into its factory at Solihull.

JLR is a great British success story, and this new investment in jobs and skills ought to maintain its global reputation for world class vehicles.

The UK workforce, with their skills and dedication, are at the heart of this success story.

This investment is their due reward and we are delighted that JLR has committed further to Britain.

– Unite general secretary Len McCluskey

Read: 1,700 new jobs at JLR

Load more updates

Advertisement

Today's top stories