PREMIUM carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) plans to create 800 jobs at its Solihull factory in the West Midlands due to demand in China, Russia and the United States, it has been reported.
JLR, owned by India’s Tata Motors, said earlier this month that its outlook for 2013 was positive after UK vehicle sales rose almost 20 per cent in 2012.
The confirmation of the jobs boost was expected to be made ahead of the launch of the Detroit motor show which opens today.
Last week, Japanese carmaker Honda cut around 800 jobs at its plant near Swindon, Wiltshire, due to falling demand for its vehicles across Europe.
JLS is one of the UK’s biggest manufacturers in the UK, with around 24,000 staff. Tata bought JLR from Ford in 2008 for £1.1 billion.
The Indian company is also investing £350 million in a new engine plant in Wolverhampton.
Last year, Tata signed an agreement with Chinese car maker Chery, to make Jaguars and Land Rovers in Changshu, near Shanghai.
Jaguar declined to comment.