Jaguar Land Rover announce that they will build their new Range Rover in Solihull.
The fourth generation of the iconic vehicle, which was launched back in 1970, will be available in January 2013.
The full specification of the new Range Rover has not been confirmed, and will be announced at the Paris Motor Show in September.
However, they have revealed that it features a new lightweight aluminium body, improved fuel economy and CO2 emissions, and claim it is the “world’s finest luxury SUV [sports utility vehicle]“.
John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director, said:#
“The new Range Rover preserves the essential, unique character of the vehicle – that special blend of luxury, performance and unmatched all-terrain capability.
“However, its clean sheet design and revolutionary lightweight construction have enabled us to transform the experience for luxury vehicle customers, with a step change in comfort, refinement and handling.”
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The decision should protect jobs at the Solihull factory, which includes the new aluminium manufacturing facility needed to create the vehicle.
Just three years ago, Jaguar Land Rover were planning to shut-down one of their sites in the West Midlands – either Solihull or the Jaguar factory in Castle Bromwich.
However, a huge increase in sales in countries like China and India has led to a turnaround at the manufacturers:
- Profits rose 29% to £1.5bn this year
- Both sites in Castle Bromwich and Solihull are to remain open
- An extra thousand workers are being employed at both West Midlands factories
- And a new engine factory is to be built near Wolverhampton