Jaguar Land Rover is investing £370 million in upgrading their UK manufacturing facilities in order to increase productivity as the all-new Range Rover is due to be launched in 170 countries worldwide.
The investment measures include the installation of an aluminium body shop for the new 2013 Range Rover 4 at the company’s Solihull plant. There will also be upgrades to paint applications technologies, trim assembly and warehousing. The move will support an estimated 1000 jobs in design, product development and manufacturing at the company.
Jaguar Land Rover chief executive Ralf Speth celebrated the launch of the new model at a preview event in Richmond Park. The fourth generation of the classic luxury SUV is due to go on sale this month and customers will take delivery of their new vehicles in early 2013. Technical specifications and pricing will be released ahead of the upcoming Paris motor show.
The production of Land Rover's flagship model should safeguard UK jobs – more than 6800 workers are now employed at the Solihull plant. Jaguar Land Rover has created 8000 jobs since 2010 and the company is now supporting an estimated 190,000 jobs in the UK supply chain.
Autocar will be keeping you up-to-date with the Paris Motor Show, including the latest news on the 2013 Range Rover, later this month.