Jaguar Land Rover’s parent company Tata Motors will strengthen its presence in the UK by boosting the size of its R&D department by more than 40 per cent.
Up to 100 new jobs will be created over the next two years at Tata Motors European Technical Centre in Coventry to boost the R&D workforce to 340. Nick Fell, director of the centre, said the firm is looking to establish further test and development facilities in the UK and the firm’s total investment in UK R&D now stands at £85 million.
The expansion of Tata’s European Technical Centre will see new engineers working alongside WMG (formerly the Warwick Manufacturing Group) at Warwick University, with a focus on the design and development of low carbon technologies.
Tata’s four-seater Vista Electric Vehicle is the first car to be developed under Tata’s low carbon technology ethos at its European facility. It goes on sale in the UK early this summer and has a 110-mile range and 71mph top speed. Production started in the UK last week.
Tata’s Pixel city car from the recent Geneva show is also set to benefit from the investment into research and development. That Pixel previews the firm’s European version of the Nano.