British car-maker Jaguar Land Rover is to double the size of its Coventry-based engineering and research centre in a bid to boost ultra-low emission vehicle development.
The premium car manufacturer owned by Indian conglomerate Tata Motors has purchased extra 62 acres of land in a multi-million-pound investment, planning to double the size of the Whitley site in Coventry.
"Our expansion at Whitley will help ensure the sustainable growth of Jaguar Land Rover, with the development of ultra-low emission technologies,” said Ralf Speth, JLR's chief executive. “Design leadership, technical innovation and engineering excellence lie at the heart of this responsible business and we are committed to investing in the skills needed to continue this success into the future."
JLR has more than doubled its workforce in the last five years, creating 18,000 new jobs. Around 8,000 engineers and technologists are based at its two UK engineering and design centres at Gaydon and Whitley and an advanced research centre at the University of Warwick.
The Coventry site will focus on development of electric motors and other low-emission technologies. The purchase of the land to accommodate the expansion is part of a £3bn investment in new facilities and technology, with an additional two sites to open in the city, together creating up to 4,000 new jobs, it has been reported.
Jaguar Land Rover, previously owned by Ford, has grown during the six years with Tata Motors. In the last financial year, the firm has sold 434,000 vehicles worldwide and recorded £19.4bn in revenues.