Jaguar/Land Rover (JLR) engines are currently supplied by Ford, which sold the brands to India’s Tata Motors in 2008. Well, time has come to change all that. JLR confirmed today that the two will invest £355 million ($483 million USD) in a new facility to produce -new, advanced technology, low-emission 4-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines in the UK.
“As part of our long-term strategy for the JLR business, we will design, engineer and manufacture a new family of advanced engines,” said Dr. Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer. “This is a major commitment for our company and we will produce these advanced, highly-efficient engines for future Jaguar and Land Rover models at a new facility in the UK.”
The new advanced engine facility will be built at i54 South Staffordshire, a business park near Wolverhampton in the UK’s Midlands.
“As we invest £1.5 billion a year for the next five years on new product developments, expanding our engine range will help us realise the full global potential of the Jaguar and Land Rover brands,” Speth said. “The all-new family of 4 cylinder engines will increase JLR’s capability to offer high performance engines with class-leading levels of refinement, whilst ensuring continued significant reductions in vehicle emissions.”
The investment at the engine manufacturing facility is expected to create 750 jobs at JLR, along with thousands more manufacturing jobs in the supply chain and the wider UK economy.
JLR currently employs more than 19,000 people in the UK.
– By: Omar Rana