Jaguar adds 700 jobs to UK plant

JAGUAR Land Rover yesterday announced plans to create 700 more jobs at its new plant in Wolverhampton, taking its total investment in the site to more than £500m.

The i54 engine factory, which opens later this year, is to double its expected workforce to 1,400 as it supplies the next generation of smaller cars with greener engines.

The hiring drive comes after the car maker created 1,100 new jobs at its West Midlands plant last year.

JLR also plans to spend £2.75bn to develop new products, which includes its Jaguar F-Type sports car and the introduction of a nine-speed automatic gearbox for its Land Rovers.

Tata Motors-owned JLR debuted its new saloon model, the Jaguar XFR-S, at the Geneva International Motor Show yesterday.