JAGUAR Land Rover, which employs 4,500 people in Merseyside, is to create 1,700 new jobs in the West Midlands as part of a £1.5bn investment in its facilities that will revolutionise the way it makes cars.
The investment will see the introduction of new production facilities at the firm’s plant in Solihull.
The move will pave the way for the company’s vehicles to be manufactured using the new technically-advanced aluminium vehicle architecture currently used on the new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models.

JLR has said it intends to begin producing an all-new Jaguar sports saloon using the new methods and the first cars will roll off the production lines in 2015. The new cars will also be fitted with engines manufactured at the firm’s new factory near Wolverhampton. The announcement of the new jobs was made by chief executive Dr Ralf Speth at the Frankfurt Motor Show. He said: “Today’s announcement signals Jaguar Land Rover’s ambitions to push the boundaries and redefine premium car ownership. At Jaguar Land Rover we place the customer at the heart of everything we do and the introduction of a world class all-new aluminium vehicle architecture means we will be more competitive, flexible and efficient delivering exciting new products for our customers around the world.

“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.”

The 1,700 jobs brings the total number of UK manufacturing jobs announced by JLR over the last three years to almost 11,000.