'Significant' new order for Jaguar

Jaguar Land Rover has secured a contract to supply 13,000 vehicles to China at a time when good news for the beleaguered car industry is in short supply.

The car giant said the new contract was "very significant" and the order, to one of its major business partners in China, will take place over a three-year period.

A spokesman said: "This is a very significant order and underlines the importance of the Chinese market and the commitment of our partner.

"Sales of our vehicles in China have been growing rapidly over recent years and it is now already established as our fifth-largest market in the world."

He said that the order will allow the company to emerge as a leader in the emerging market and is "welcomed at this challenging time".

Union leaders have said the news will ease concerns of some of Jaguar Land Rover's employees.

Unite national officer Dave Osborne said: "This order will clearly allow JLR to breathe slightly more easily for the moment, and is testimony to both the skills of the workforce and the strength of the brand globally."

The company employs thousands of workers in the UK at sites including Castle Bromwich and Solihull.

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