Car maker to create new jobs

Car maker to create new jobs

The Government has welcomed Jaguar Land Rover's decision to build its new crossover SUV model in Britain - a move which will create 1,300 jobs.

The car maker announced that its newest model will be built at the company's site in Solihull, in the West Midlands.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said the move was "great news" for the manufacturing sector in the UK and a "ringing endorsement" of the country's technology know-how.

Around 30,000 people already work for Jaguar Land Rover across the UK, and last year the car maker created 1,700 new jobs at its Solihull site to help build the XE sports saloon.

The firm said the latest move is part of its drive to focus more on aluminium and lightweight technologies.

Dr Ralf Speth, chief executive at Jaguar Land Rover, said the decision shows how committed the company is to both Britain and the advancement of a high-tech and high-skilled economy.

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