Paul Everitt from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders says the Midlands' car industry has done well over the last year with investment from Jaguar Land Rover, Toyota and Mini.
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East Midlands weather: Starting dry, with clouds thickening
West Midlands weather: Staying dry overnight with some patchy amounts of cloud and clear spells developing