Kent; A total of 46 new jobs are to be created at Magna International’s Hartlip plant in Kent as a result of the imminent launch of the new Range Rover Evoque. The company has won contracts to supply complex moulded and painted front and rear bumper assemblies for the new car. These include parking sensors, fog lights, side sills, rear spoilers, interior door and rear quarter panels. Worth more than £400m, this new business is set to create 136 skilled jobs, 90 at Magna’s factory in Halewood and the rest in Kent.
Altogether, more than £2bn worth of contracts for the Evoque have been awarded by Jaguar Land Rover to more than 40 companies in the UK following a global competitive tendering exercise on component-sourcing for the vehicle, which will arrive in dealerships this year. Business secretary Vince Cable said 'the news showed that the UK automotive supply chain could win major contracts and create vital jobs.'
Unite, Britain's biggest union, has welcomed news that Jaguar's new Evoque model will generate investment and jobs. Roger Maddison, Unite national officer said, 'We very much welcome the creation of new manufacturing jobs - they are desperately needed. Tata the parent company of JLR are to be congratulated for their commitment to the UK. The workforce also deserves much credit for the role they played in helping the company weather the recession. However it is totally wrong for Business Secretary, Vince Cable and the government to try to claim any credit for themselves. The new Evoque was secured in Halewood during the last Labour government with a £2bn investment from the parent company Tata. The present government have a policy of watching manufacturing from the sidelines. They have scrapped the RDAs and are lucky that the weak pound helps exports. But nobody will be fooled about where the credit for today goes. It goes to JLR for investing in the UK and to a dedicated workforce producing a quality product.'
Worcestershire; Bromsgrove police are reiterating a warning to Land Rover owners to stay vigilant, after a vehicle’s bonnet was stolen in the town. The bonnet of the grey Land Rover was stolen in Old Station Road during the evening of February 28. The bonnet was worth £500, while an indicator worth £50 was also stolen, and £50 damage was caused to a door lock. West Mercia Police is currently investigating a spate of thefts of Land Rovers and parts, in particular older model Defenders, and has launched the Defend Your Defender campaign to alert owners and promote crime prevention advice. It is believed the vehicles are being stripped down and parts sold on the spares market. Owners are urged to be extra vigilant and note any suspicious activity around their vehicles such as people hanging around or driving past slowly. Police say they would welcome information from people who may have noticed someone has access to different types of Land Rover Defenders, or if they see an unusually large amount of these vehicles being kept somewhere in suspicious circumstances. Anyone with information is asked to contact West Mercia Police on 0300 333 3000, quoting incident 253-n-280211, or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
London; According to Associated Press, George Michael says he deserved to spend a month in jail last year for crashing his Range Rover while under the influence of drugs. The former Wham! singer says it was karma; after repeatedly breaking the law, he felt that he 'a bill to pay'. That made accepting his punishment easier, Michael said, according to excerpts from an interview released by BBC radio. Michael received a custodial sentence for crashing the Range Rover into a photo shop in July. The judge ordered Michael to serve four weeks of the sentence in prison and the rest on parole. He also received a £1250 fine and was banned from driving for five years.