16:39 15 January 2013
Jaguar Land Rover announces 800 new jobs at its factory in Solihull, in the West Midlands, England, due to increased global sales in 2012. The announcement, which gave British car-making industry a much-needed boost, was made two days after another car-maker, Honda announced 800 job cuts in Swindon.
The Solihull plant, which started making vehicles in 1948, already employs 6,000 people producing the Range Rover, Discovery, and Defender models.
Jaguar revealed that sales in China increased by 70per cent to 71,940; making the Asian country the biggest market for the car-maker. UK came in second where 68,333 units were sold. Sales in US also grew by 11per cent to 55,675.
Business Secretary Vince Cable was pleased with the announcement. He said: "The company's investment of £2bn this year and 8,000 new jobs over the last two years shows how JLR goes from strength to strength.”
"With support from the government's regional growth fund, it's a clear demonstration of where the government working in partnership with the private sector can make a real difference to the UK economy."
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