Jaguar Land Rover is to create 250 new jobs at its Halewood plant after confirming the new Land Rover Discovery Sport will be built there.
The new model, due to go on sale in 2015, will be the replacement for the Freelander 2, which is currently built in Halewood.
Jaguar Land Rover has pledged to deliver “the most versatile and capable vehicle in the compact SUV segment”.
It is the first member of an all-new family of Discovery vehicles, inspired by the Discovery Vision Concept showcased at the New York International Auto Show.
The additional jobs announced to support the car-maker’s newest model will see the Halewood workforce reach 4,750 – more than treble the number employed there in 2010.
The Halewood plant, which is already home to the company’s fastest selling model of all time - the Range Rover Evoque, has benefited from a £200 million investment to support the introduction of the Discovery Sport. It takes the total amount invested in Halewood over the last four years to almost £500 million.
Jaguar Land Rover CEO, Dr Ralf Speth, said: “The Land Rover Discovery Sport is the next in a line of exciting new products to come from Jaguar Land Rover.
“I am delighted that Halewood – and Liverpool – has been selected for this new investment. It is totally deserved, and strengthens the ‘special relationship’ that bonds Jaguar Land Rover to this great city.”
Halewood is currently operating three shifts, 24-hours a day, to meet global demand for the Evoque.
The plant became home to Jaguar Land Rover’s top selling model in 2011. Within two years it had produced more than 200,000 vehicles, a record volume for a single vehicle line at any Jaguar Land Rover facility.
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