Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is to create 1300 new jobs in the UK after revealing plans to build the company’s very first Sports Utility Vehicle.
The jobs will be created at the company’s mammoth plant in Solihull near Birmingham which already employs more than 9000 people.
The company as a whole currently employs 30,500 people across Britain.
JLR, the maker of iconic GT cars, roadsters and luxury barges, is hoping to replicate some of the success that sports-car manufacturer Porsche has enjoyed since launching its own luxury SUV the Cayenne.
Whilst it is world-renowned for the rear-engined 911, Porsche’s best-selling vehicle remains the Cayenne, shifting in vast numbers in the United States, Middle East and the Far East.
The Jaguar F-Pace was first launched at the Frankfurt motor show in 2013 with the new model set to hit showrooms in 2016.
JLR said it had chosen the UK as the F-Pace’s manufacturing base because it wanted its cars to be “crafted with that special British flair”.
Jaguar Land Rover chief executive Dr Ralf Speth said the announcement demonstrated its “commitment to the UK and the advancement of a high-tech, high-skilled, manufacturing-led economy”.
Business Secretary Vince Cable hailed the decision as a “ringing endorsement” of the UK’s car industry.