JLR to expand presence in India, China; create 800 jobs in UK

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Tata Group owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) today said it will increase its footprint in India and China and create 800 new jobs in Britain, after unveiling that it had clocked 30 per cent growth in global sales at 357,773 units in 177 markets across the world last year.

In 2012 JLR sales were up in every major market, driven by new model introductions and update programmes, the company said in a statement issued at the North American International Motor Show in Detroit.

China is now JLR's largest market, delivering its best- ever sales performance in 2012, with sales of 71,940 units, a growth of 71 per cent from previous year, it said.

It is followed by Britain (68,333 units, up 19 per cent), USA (55,675 units, up 11 per cent), Russia (20,549 units, up 43 per cent) and Germany (16,722 units, up 41 per cent).

"Jaguar Land Rover is working on plans to extend its global production footprint, particularly in India and China," the company said.

"2012 has been a strong year for Jaguar Land Rover with record-breaking sales performance globally. All of our key markets saw strong progress, with demand for our premium vehicles setting new records in a very competitive environment," said Phil Popham, JLR's Director of Group Sales Operations.

"Looking ahead to 2013, we are continuing to invest in our business to support our ambitious plans for growth and we will be introducing eight new or refreshed products throughout the year," he said.

In 2013, JLR will continue to implement its plans for growth and has announced a recruitment campaign to create 800 new jobs in the UK to support the introduction of future model programmes.

More than 200 of these roles are supported by the UK government's Regional Growth Fund, it said.

Stating that the recruitment campaign for production operators is under way at JLR's advanced manufacturing plant in Solihull, West Midlands, it said the company has recently confirmed a 370 million pounds ($ 600 million) investment programme for its Solihull site.

It includes the installation of a new aluminium body shop for the all-new Range Rover as well as upgrades to paint- applications technologies, trim assembly, warehousing and JLR's first customer handover centre.

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