The official opening means a Jaguar is being built in a Land Rover plant for the first time.
Costing £500 million, the new plant will see Solihull’s three-shift, 24-hour production pattern continue, and means the site now employs a staggering 9,000 people.
Indeed, the Solihull workforce has almost doubled in just five years – and production has trebled.
The broader UK car industry is benefitting from the new XE’s arrival too: 55 per cent of the components used to make it are sourced from 55 UK-based tier one suppliers. This represents £4 billion of contracts (and many more new jobs in the supply chain).
It means the XE isn’t only built in Britain, but more than half of it is truly ‘British’.
Jaguar Land Rover purchasing director, Ian Harnett, said: “Jaguar Land Rover is one of the UK’s success stories, not simply because it has seen an upsurge in demand thanks to sustained investment, but because it has been able to support a burgeoning, high-tech, highly skilled supply base here in the UK.
“With each successive new or upgraded model, we are seeing the positive impact felt amongst the entire automotive sector which is great news for everyone committed to ensuring the UK remains truly competitive on a global stage.”
To help officially open the plant, Solihull operations director Alan Volkaerts was helped by Sir Stirling Moss OBE, legendary Jaguar test driver Norman Dewis OBE and serial Jaguar Land Rover owner Quentin WIllson.
The XE isn’t the only Jaguar that’s going to be made at Solihull, either: earlier in the year, the firm also confirmed the new F-Pace crossover, set to debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, will also be built there.