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Jaguar's roaring success to create 1,700 new jobs

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced that it is to create 1,700 new jobs at its Solihull plant in the West Midlands. Ralf Speth, JLR's chief executive, announced the news this week at the Frankfurt Motor Show. He said: "Today's announcement signals Jaguar Land Rover's ambitions to push the boundaries and redefine premium car ownership.

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced that it is to create 1,700 new jobs at its Solihull plant in the West Midlands. Ralf Speth, JLR's chief executive, announced the news this week at the Frankfurt Motor Show. He said: "Today's announcement signals Jaguar Land Rover's ambitions to push the boundaries and redefine premium car ownership. Jaguar Land Rover is a business driven by design, technology and innovation and this investment and level of job creation is yet further evidence of our commitment to advancing the capability of the UK automotive sector and its supply chain."

The new jobs will focus on designing a new aluminium chassis for use on future models. The first car to use the new chassis is thought to be a new model of mid-range sports saloon, slated for introduction in 2015. These jobs are part of a wider £1.5 billion investment planned by JLR to expand its model range. The designers will be looking at creating a flexible chassis that can be shared across the Jaguar and Land Rover range. The lightweight metal is popular in car construction as less weight means better fuel consumption. In sharing a common platform, JLR will also look to make cost savings.

The new saloon which will be the first car to use the new platform will be a departure for JLR, being smaller than existing Jaguar models. The company, though, is keen to emphasise the cross-platform flexibility of the new chassis and has also shown a concept car, the C-X17, which also uses the new chassis. This car is a larger model and a crossover of a sports car and SUV. JLR added that the latest expansion would bring the number of new UK jobs created to 11,000 in the last three years. According to JLR, the new investment will also result in an increased level of business for its suppliers.

JLR is no stranger to the use of aluminium in its cars and uses the metal for the bodywork across its Jaguar XJ range. Its light and stiff properties make it ideal for car construction and the fact that it doesn't rust makes it pretty useful too. JLR is also keen to point out the environmental benefits of aluminium. The metal is almost totally recyclable and new XJs use around 50% recycled aluminium. That is the equivalent of around 10,000 drinks cans and saves 3.3 tonnes of CO2 in construction when compared to non recycled metal.

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