Following the recent growth of Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) production, it has remarkably outstripped Nissan as the biggest carmaker in Britain.
Nissan’s Sunderland factory led the way from 1999 but has now been superseded by the combined capacity of JLR’s Castle Bromwich, Solihull and Halewood plants.
Last year saw 489,923 cars produced by the British manufacturer, a nine percent increase on 2014. By contrast, Nissan suffered a reversal of fortune with an almost five percent decline, producing 476,589 vehicles.
A £11 billion investment into research and development by parent company Tata has seen JLR’s current figure rise from 2009’s 158,000.
These results have provided good news for the job market too; 35,000 people are now employed by Jaguar Land Rover in the UK, twice as many as five years ago.
JLR is not the only car manufacturer riding on the crest of a wave; Mini and Toyota have seen increases too. There has been close to a four percent increase in car production in the country as a whole compared to 2014, the best result since 2005.
British success has echoed recent European sales, while there has been something of a slump in Russia and China.
Chancellor George Osborne commented on the figures, “Backing Britain’s car industry has been a priority for this government and today we see the industry going from strength to strength.”
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