Danny Alexander, chief secretary to the Treasury, paid a visit to Jaguar Land Rover's Solihull plant to see the results of the company's dramatic growth over the last two years.

Hailed as one of the greatest manufacturing success stories in a generation, the Solihull site where Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Land Rover Discovery and Defender vehicles are made, has seen huge growth and investment over a two-year period.

More than 3,000 new jobs have been created and around £1.5 billion is being invested in new manufacturing facilities.

Mr Alexander said: " On the day UK car production hit a six-year high , it's great to see the work Jaguar Land Rover are doing to invest in their manufacturing and R&D facilities in the UK is supporting the revival of the UK's manufacturing industry and boosting the overall UK economy."

Last year was a record-breaking year for JLR, with the car-maker selling more than 425,000 vehicles around the world - an increase of 19 per cent.