Jaguar Land Rover's new, state-of-the-art Engine Manufacturing Centre near Wolverhampton, UK will be officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen on Thursday October 30th, 2014. The Queen will be accompanied during the visit by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. The opening of the Engine Manufacturing Centre represents a significant milestone for the UK’s largest premium automotive manufacturer.
The opening of the £500m Engine Manufacturing Centre near Wolverhampton is a seminal moment for Jaguar Land Rover as it embarks on manufacturing in-house engines for the first time in a generation, cementing its position as the UK’s most significant automotive investor. The new facility is home to the ‘Ingenium’ engine family, which will power a new generation of Jaguar Land Rover products designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK, starting with the 2.0-litre diesel in the Jaguar XE.
The company also inaugurated its first factory in China, which is expected to expected to build three Jaguar Land Rover models with total production capacity of 130,000 units a year by 2016. Dr Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Land Rover, said, "The opening of this world-class facility is an important milestone for Jaguar Land Rover. Since its launch, one in five Range Rover Evoques have been sold in China. Our decision to manufacture the Range Rover Evoque in Changshu is a result of our commitment to bringing more Chinese vehicles to Chinese customers."
The British luxury automaker is also contemplating a production facility in the US, which would be its first in the second-biggest automobile market in the world. It has also signed a deal for a new factory in Brazil and is exploring three possible locations in Wales for a new logistics hub, though it is also considering a site in the Midlands.