Coventry MEP Daniel Dalton has applauded Jaguar Land Rover's announcement that is investing £400 million in the city, to double the size of its operations and restart car building in Coventry in the future. Mr Dalton, who lives in Kenilworth and is a lifelong Sky Blues fan, recently met with Jaguar Land Rover in Brussels to discuss their global expansion plans, and their growing and hugely successful operations in Coventry and Warwickshire.
Jaguar Land Rover have announced they will more than double the size of their current base in Coventry, with a new research and development plant to be built in the first stages, creating an estimated 11,000 - 15,000 direct and indirect jobs. It is understood that later stages of the development will see the return of mass-car manufacturing to the city, with a modern version of the Land Rover Defender being built in the city.
After news of the investment broke, Mr Dalton remarked:
"This is a fantastic vote of confidence in Coventry, the spiritual home of car-making, and will provide an enormous number of new jobs for the city and wider region."
"Jaguar Land Rover are one of the biggest British success stories of the last 20 years, building on their historic foundations in the West Midlands and becoming a globally admired premium car manufacturer. That they are still wanting to expand their operations in Coventry speaks volumes as to how much they value skilled British workers and the manufacturing excellence of the region, as well as the overall strong economic picture in the United Kingdom."