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Jaguar Land Rover creates 800 jobs in the UK

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Jaguar Land Rover is set to create 800 production jobs at its plants in Solihull.

The news comes as the Indian-owned but British-based car maker reported record global sales, and follows news last week that Japanese car maker Honda is to cut 800 jobs at its Swindon factory.

Jaguar Land Rover said the jobs, at its Solihull plant in the West Midlands, where it has already invested £370 million, would support the introduction of new models this year.

More than 200 of the new West Midlands roles would be supported by the Government's regional growth fund, which recently awarded the business £8 million, the car maker said.

Jaguar Land Rover said global sales had leapt 30% in 2012, when it sold 357,773 vehicles.

The group said China was now its biggest market and had seen a 70% jump in sales last year.

Business secretary Vince Cable said the new jobs were a "welcome boost" for the UK automotive industry.

Cable said: "The company's investment of £2 billion this year and 8,000 new jobs over the last two years shows how Jaguar Land Rover goes from strength to strength.

"With support from the Government's regional growth fund, it's a clear demonstration of where the Government working in partnership with the private sector can make a real difference to the UK economy."

Phil Popham, Jaguar Land Rover's director of group sales operations, said: "Looking ahead, 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.

"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."