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Vince Cable gives Midlands car firms a boost

Business Secretary Vince Cable. Credit: PA

A new long-term industrial strategy to help Midlands car firms like Jaguar Land Rover and Toyota is being launched today.

Business Secretary Vince Cable, who's chair of the Automotive Council, will outline plans which it's hoped will boost car sales to other countries.

The council's co-chair Professor Richard Parry-Jones will also help launch the initiative at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.


Jaguar Land Rover sales figures published

Jaguar Land Rover figures out Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Last year was the best ever for Land Rover sales, selling nearly 55,000 vehicles in the UK, and retail sales were up nearly 20% for the firm, with 68,586 cars sold in 2012.

The company is predicting a positive outlook for 2013, thanks to new products including Jaguar F-TYPE and All-New Range Rover.