New JLR car to be made in the Midlands

Posted on 20 Mar 2017 and read 205 times
New JLR car to be made in the MidlandsJaguar Land Rover (www.jaguarlandrover.com) has confirmed that its new vehicle will be produced at the Lode Lane plant in Solihull — the historic home of Land Rover.

The Range Rover Velar, which is the fourth member of the 47-year old Range Rover family, received its official launch at a special ceremony on 1 March.

It is the third model to be launched at the Solihull plant in two years; it will benefit from a £1.5 billion investment in new facilities and technologies at the plant that began with the Jaguar XE and the F-Pace.

The new vehicle features the Touch Pro Duo — a new driver interface that consists of two 10in touch-screens. The upper screen is for info-tainment; the lower screen has two switches that alter its function, depending on what is being displayed.

Peter Virk, director of connected car and future technology for HLR, said: “The info-tainment system learns from you and anticipates your needs but never intrudes, letting you enjoy the drive.”

Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover CEO, said: “The expansion of our product range and building this British-designed and engineered car in the UK demonstrate our confidence in British manufacturing.

“We are leading the global premium-car industry with our commitment to our home market. Our heart, soul and headquarters will always be in the UK.”

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