14 January 2013

Jaguar Land Rover to create 800 new jobs at manufacturing facility in Solihull, UK

- Record Global Sales, up 30% in 2012, China now largest market
- Jobs to support introduction of new model programmes  
- Supported by the UK Government's Regional Growth Fund 

Detroit, USA – 13 January 2013 - Jaguar Land Rover, the UK's leading manufacturer of premium luxury vehicles, today announced its best ever global sales performance, with retail sales up 30% following strong market performances from the UK, China and the U.S. It also confirmed that it will create up to 800 new jobs at its advanced manufacturing facility in Solihull, UK, to support the introduction of new model programmes throughout 2013. 

In 2012, Jaguar Land Rover sales (357,773 vehicles) were up in every major market due to new model introductions and update programmes. China is now Jaguar Land Rover's largest market delivering its best ever sales performance in 2012 (71,940, up 71%). It is followed by the UK (68,333 up 19%), USA (55,675, up 11%), Russia (20,549, up 43%) and Germany (16,722 up 41%). 

At the North American International Motor Show in Detroit, Phil Popham, Jaguar Land Rover's Director of Group Sales Operations said: "2012 has been a strong year for Jaguar Land Rover with record breaking sales performance globally. All of our key markets saw strong progress, with demand for our premium vehicles setting new records in a very competitive environment. 

"Looking ahead to 2013, we are continuing to invest in our business to support our ambitious plans for growth and we will be introducing eight new or refreshed products throughout the year." 

In 2013, Jaguar Land Rover will continue to implement its ambitious plans for growth and has announced a recruitment campaign to create 800 new jobs in the UK to support the introduction of future model programmes. More than 200 of these roles are supported by the UK Government's Regional Growth Fund. 

The recruitment campaign for production operators is underway at Jaguar Land Rover's advanced manufacturing plant in Solihull, West Midlands. 

Jaguar Land Rover has recently confirmed a £370 million ($600million) investment programme for its Solihull site which includes the installation of a new aluminium body shop for the all-new Range Rover as well as upgrades to paint-applications technologies, trim assembly, warehousing and Jaguar Land Rover's first customer handover centre. 

In the last two years, Jaguar Land Rover has embarked on the most ambitious recruitment campaign in the company's history, hiring 8,000 people. It now employs 25,000 people globally. 

Source: Jaguar Land Rover