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Jaguar Land Rover to create 150 new jobs in Ireland

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The UK automobile giant is to open a new software engineering centre in Shannon, Co. Clare, Ireland, which will create 150 new jobs. (Pictured: Dr Ralf Speth, CEO, Jaguar Land Rover)

Shannon is seen as a great business link for the firm globally and the new centre will look to hone in on Jaguar Land Rover establishing the company’s plans for electric and automated vehicles development through new, innovative technologies.

The development of the next generation of electric vehicles at Shannon is supported by the Irish Development Agency.

The news also correlates with Jaguar Land Rover teaming up with the online education provider Udacity. This education firm specialises in courses revolving around automated driving, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and data analytics.

The Minster of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen, said: “This is a great boost for Shannon, Co. Clare and the Midwest Region. Jaguar Land Rover are iconic brands which have endured through innovation and staying ahead of their competitors. This new software engineering centre will bring 150 new high-quality jobs to Shannon. The region has much to offer with qualified and talented people and I wish Jaguar Land Rover and its team well in its endeavours.”

Nick Rogers, Executive Director of Product Engineering, said: “Technical innovation lies at the heart of Jaguar Land Rover and our innovation is continuous. The new facility provides an exciting opportunity for us to pioneer future autonomous and electrification technologies. The heart of our business will always be in the UK. The creation of a team in Shannon strengthens our international engineering capabilities and complements our existing team of more than 10,000 engineers based in the UK.”

Read it on businessandfinance.com

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Jaguar Land Rover hits record sales

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The UK’s largest carmaker says it hit record sales in 2017 even with the first drop in six years in demand for new cars across Britain.

According to Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), 178,601 Jaguars were sold last year, which is a rise of 20% from the year before. Land Rover sales grew 2% to 442,508. Sales have more than tripled since 2009 and this news marks the seventh successive year of growth.

This is even more remarkable given the decline in demand for new cars across the UK in 2017, the first drop in over half a decade.

China was the most important region for the company, with sales reaching 146,399, up 23% year-on-year. This, along with growing demand in the US, has provided a safety net against the uncertainty of the UK’s position in the EU and Brexit.

JLR’s Sales Director, Andy Goss, said that though sales targets were delivered, the company still “[faces] tough times in key markets such as the UK”, particularly given the tax hit on diesel.