The new Jaguar XE saloon has officially begun production at sister company Land Rover's production plant in Solihull.
The all-new model officially enters production today, with the first unit rolling off the line this morning. Land Rover's Solihull factory is to build two Jaguar models alongside its regular production, as Jaguar recently announced its F-Pace SUV will also be built at the site.
The plant has benefitted from large investment from Jaguar Land Rover. Production has almost trebled, while the number of employees at the facility has doubled in the last five years. The plant already builds Land Rover's entire range, with the exception of Evoque and Discovery Sport models.
Production of the XE has also brought £4 billion of parts contracts to the UK; 55 suppliers across the country supply 55% of XE parts. Several hundred new jobs have been created at these suppliers as a result of their contracts with Jaguar.
Jaguar Land Rover's 'factory within a factory' marks a £500 million investment in the plant, which includes Europe's largest aluminium body shop. This follows the firm's £1.5bn spend on new aluminium vehicle architecture which will underpin future Jaguar models.
Priced from £26,995, the XE made its public debut at the Paris motor show last October. Three engines will power the car from launch. In its most frugal form, the XE will be capable of returning 75mpg with CO2 emissions of 99g/km. In comparison, a Toyota Prius 1.8 VVT-i Hybrid T4 emits 92g/km of CO2.