To produce all-new advanced technology, low-emission engines
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), a subsidiary of Tata Motors, has announced plans for a 355 million pounds (over Rs.2,660 crore) investment in a new facility to make all-new, advanced technology, low-emission engines in the U.K. This announcement was marked by a visit to the company's Solihull vehicle production plant by Nick Clegg MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills. The new advanced engine facility will be built at i54 South Staffordshire, a business park near Wolverhampton in the U.K.'s Midlands.
Ralf Speth, CEO, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “As part of our long-term strategy for the JLR business, we will design, engineer and manufacture a new family of advanced engines. This is a major commitment for our company and we will produce these advanced, highly-efficient engines for future Jaguar and Land Rover models at a new facility in the U.K.” “As we invest 1.5 billion pounds a year for the next five years on new product developments, expanding our engine range will help us realise the full global potential of the Jaguar and Land Rover brands. The all-new family of four-cylinder engines will increase JLR's capability to offer high performance engines with class-leading levels of refinement, while ensuring continued significant reductions in vehicle emissions,” he said.
This announcement comes as JLR continues to benefit from its strongest-ever product line-up, strengthened recently by the launch of the Range Rover Evoque, the new Jaguar XF with a four-cylinder turbo diesel engine and significant enhancements to the XK range, Land Rover Discovery, Defender and Range Rover.
The engine manufacturing facility is expected to create up to 750 engineering and manufacturing posts at JLR, along with thousands more manufacturing jobs in the supply chain and the wider U.K. economy. JLR employs more than 19,000 people directly in the U.K. and supports up to 1.40 lakh jobs in total through the supply chain, dealer network and wider economy.