A new sports utility vehicle which has helped create 250 jobs is being revealed today by Jaguar Land Rover .
The new seven-seater Land Rover Discovery Sport will be made at Jaguar Land Rover's Halewood plant on Merseyside and is part of the £200 million the company is spending on developing the Discovery family of vehicles.
The new 2.2 litre turbo diesel-powered vehicle will be available from January and prices will start at £32,395.
The extra jobs take the total number at Halewood to 4,750 - more than treble the number employed there in 2010.
The Discovery Sport is being revealed at Spaceport America in New Mexico, US, the base for Virgin Galactic's sub-orbital space flights.
JLR is also launching the Land Rover Galactic Discovery competition, in which four people can win a trip to space with Virgin Galactic.
JLR said its capital spending for the 2014/15 financial year was expected to reach up to £3.5 billion.
A car plant on Merseyside has reached a milestone, with the 1,000,000th Jaguar Land Rover to roll off the production line.
The Land Rover Evoque will be donated to Cancer Research UK. The charity will raffle it off to raise money for research.
A director of a North West car maker hopes that the millionth car off its production line, will help beat cancer.
The unique Land Rover Evoque will be given to a cancer charity, and raffled off to raise funds for research into the disease.
It is the millionth Jaguar Land Rover made at the plant since Jag production began there in 2001.
Richard Else, Operations Director at the plant, says: "Over the past few years many of the families of my growing team have been impacted by various forms of cancer".
"This milestone vehicle, built with pride at Halewood, will help raise much needed funds to help eradicate this dreadful disease".
A car plant on Merseyside reached a milestone this lunchtime, as the 1,000,000th Jaguar Land Rover rolled off the production line.
The Land Rover Evoque will be donated to Cancer Research UK. The charity will raffle it off to raise money.
Workers employed by firms which deliver parts to Jaguar Land Rover sites including Halewood are to take industrial action in a row over pay and jobs.
Members of Unite will walk out for half an hour on August 28 and ban overtime at four firms.
The agencies supply staff who deliver parts to JLR plants in the West Midlands and Halewood.
A Unite spokesman said: "Negotiations are ongoing and Unite hopes to reach an agreed resolution.
"The union has a meeting with the employers this Thursday (August 22) where we will be continuing to push for a settlement which ends low pay and exploitation while delivering permanency for agency workers.
"Unite has given seven days' notice of industrial action to DHL and other agencies providing services to JLR plants. The law insists that the union must take industrial action within 28 days of a ballot.
"The union will therefore take minimum action to allow talks to continue while keeping our mandate for action alive so negotiations can continue."
Around 3,500 workers are involved in the dispute.
The employers where workers were balloted for industrial action are DHL, NAC, Staffline and Milestones.
The action will consist of a half hour stoppage at the start of the workers' shifts on August 28.
In addition, Unite members will ban overtime from August 28 to 0700 on August 29
The Range Rover Evoque is marking two years in production at Halewood.
The Jaguar Land Rover plant in Merseyside employs 4,500 people. 2,000 people have worked as apprentices on the Evoque production line.
Jaguar Land Rover have announced the Evoque is their biggest selling model ever.
The plant in Halewood produced 220,000 vehicles in the last two years.
Jaguar Land Rover employs around 4500 people at its Merseyside plant.
IAC, a local manufacturer which produces the car's dashboards, have increased their workforce four-fold and have now gone into 24-hour production.
JLR have seen almost 2000 apprentices work through the ranks since the car started production at the Merseyside plant.
Hundreds of Range Rover Evoques and Land Rover Freelanders are being recalled by the manufacturer.
Jaguar Land Rover, which makes the cars at its Merseyside factory in Halewood, says 1,400 of the cars need to come back to the plant for inspections.
About 800 Evoques may have a steering issue, while another 600 Evoques and Freelanders could have faulty brakes. There have been no reported accidents.
The problems affect 235 cars in the UK.
A JLR spokesman said: "Land Rover is voluntarily conducting a safety recall to inspect the power steering gear mounting fixings in certain Range Rover Evoque models and the brake callipers in certain Freelander and Evoque models.
"Customers with vehicles that are potentially affected by these issues will be contacted in the near future."
The Halewood plant had been celebrating one of its most successful years.
International demand for the Evoque had pushed production to go 24 hours-a-day for the first time. Hundreds of new staff have also been taken on.
JLR recently reported that sales of the Evoque were up by 39% in November, compared to the same month in 2011.
Workers at car giant Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) have accepted a two-year pay deal said to be worth up to 9.8%.
Unite said its members at Castle Bromwich and Solihull in the West Midlands, Halewood on Merseyside and the research sites at Gaydon and Whitley, also in the West Midlands, voted by 3-1 in favour.