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Business Secretary praises Jaguar jobs announcement

The announcement that Jaguar Land Rover will boost job numbers in Southampton has been hailed by Business Secretary Vince Cable as "great news for British manufacturing and a ringing endorsement of our expertise in innovation and technology".

The car builder already employs more than 30,000 people in the UK, and the new jobs are an addition to the 1,700 announced last year at the same plant to build Jaguar's newest sports saloon the XE.

JLR has announced the latest jobs boost as part of its long-term strategy of investing in aluminium and lightweight technologies.

Mr Cable said JLR's latest move showed Britain's car manufacturing sector was in rude health:

The UK's automotive industry is thriving with a new car rolling off the production line every 20 seconds, and increasing levels of investment that's helping to secure local jobs.

Through our industrial strategy we are backing companies like JLR as they go from strength to strength.

– Vince Cable MP

Jobs boost from new Jaguar model

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Car-maker Jaguar Land Rover is creating 1,300 new jobs after announcing its newest model will be made in Britain.

The announcement has been hailed by the Government as a "ringing endorsement" of the health of UK's automotive industry and a boost for the economy.

The jobs will be created at JLR's Solihull plant where the firm will build the new Jaguar crossover SUV model.

Chief executive Dr Ralf Speth said the announcements "once again demonstrate our commitment to the UK and the advancement of a high-tech, high-skilled, manufacturing-led economy".

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All aluminium Jaguar model to boost UK car industry

Jaguar's £1.5 billion investment at its plant in Solihull will focus on one model, due for release next year. The all-aluminium car, a sports crossover concept vehicle due for release in 2015, will be the firm's flagship model, the company says.

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JLR to build new aluminium body shop

Alan Volkaerts, Operations Director at Jaguar Land Rover's Solihull Plant, has told ITV News Central about the business' plans to build a new aluminium body shop.

Jaguar Land Rover announced it is creating 1,700 jobs and investing another £1.5bn into its factory at Solihull at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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New technology to lead the way for Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover has announced significant investments in advanced aluminium vehicles, which the firm has showcased in a C-X17 Jaguar sports crossover concept vehicle.

Jaguar’s first ever sports crossover concept vehicle – the C-X17 made its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Credit: Jaguar Land Rover

Dr. Ralf Speth, JLR chief executive officer, said: “Jaguar Land Rover is a business driven by design, technology and innovation and this investment and level of job creation is yet further evidence of our commitment to advancing the capability of the UK automotive sector and its supply chain.”

Cameron: Jaguar jobs a 'great vote of confidence' in UK

David Cameron has tweeted that Jaguar Land Rover's announcement of 1,700 new jobs in Solihull is a 'great vote of confidence' in the UK economy.

Vince Cable: 'Jaguar project is ground-breaking'

Business Secretary Vince Cable has said Jaguar's 'ground-breaking' project takes the company to a 'new level'.

Business Secretary Vince Cable at the Jaguar Land Rover Halewood Operations Plant, Halewood, Liverpool. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Archive/Press Association Image

He said: "Jaguar Land Rover has been experiencing great success over the last couple of years but this ground-breaking project takes Jaguar on to the next level.

"This all-aluminium architecture project typifies the type of innovative and high value R&D that the UK excels in and government is supporting through the automotive industrial strategy."

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