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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.

Dan Rivers reports on the evolution of the classic British car.

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