Jaguar Land Rover is to create 1300 new jobs at its Solihull plant, where the new F-Pace performance crossover and other all-aluminium models will be constructed.
The roles will focus on "extending our industry-leading expertise in aluminium and lightweight technologies", the company said at the Detroit motor show, where it has confirmed the name of the new Jaguar model, which is set to go into production in 2016.
The F-Pace will be built at Solihull alongside its sister model, the new Jaguar XE, which begins production in the spring. The Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Land Rover Discovery and Land Rover Defender are also made at the site.
The 1300 new posts announced today are in addition to the 1700 created in 2013 for the introduction of the Jaguar XE. The workforce at Solihull has nearly doubled over the past three years, with 9450 currently employed there.
Jaguar Land Rover chief executive, Dr. Ralf Speth, said: “Today’s announcements once again demonstrate our commitment to the UK and the advancement of a high-tech, high skilled, manufacturing-led economy.