The extra funding will bring total investment in the Wolverhampton site to £1billion, creating hundreds more jobs and increasing the factory’s total area to 200,000 square meters – the equivalent of 28 football fields.
The EMC is home to Jaguar Land Rover’s latest Ingenium engine, which has marked a recent return to in-house engine manufacturing for Land Rover models. Production only started earlier this year, but already the factory has produced more than 50,000 engines.
Petrol and diesel four-cylinder Ingenium engines power the latest models of Range Rover Evoque and Discovery Sport, and new variants are expected to be announced in 2016. The Discovery 5, for example (currently under development – see our Discovery 5 spyshots here) is expected to benefit from V6 petrol and diesel versions.
News of the UK investment comes at a time when optimism has been faltering for the success of JLR’s overseas growth, particularly in China where slow sales and the Tianjin disaster have undermined profit.