August 14, 2014

JLR announces the location of Special Vehicle Operations Technical Centre

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) announces that it has chosen Prologis Park, Ryton, near Coventry for the company's investment in its Special Vehicle Operations Technical Centre. The facility will be Jaguar Land Rover's global centre of excellence for the creation of
high-end luxury bespoke commissions and extreme performance vehicles. With operations set to begin towards the end of the year, a team of 150 Jaguar Land Rover specialists will be based at Ryton. Some 100 of those highly-skilled engineering and technician jobs will be new.  £20-million will be invested in installing specialist equipment and a customer commissioning suite.

The Technical Centre will be part of the company's Special Operations, created in June under the leadership of John Edwards to focus on meeting the increasing expectations of today's most discerning and enthusiastic Jaguar and Land Rover customers. Its unique facilities will feature a VIP customer commissioning suite for bespoke services and premium vehicle personalisation, as well as Formula 1-inspired flexible workshops and a specialist paint studio.

"We are excited by the capability and potential that this new facility will give us. We will be creating truly iconic vehicles that reinforce the global reputation of both Jaguar and Land Rover brands as we expand our product portfolio and fulfil our ambitious plans," said John Edwards, MD, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations.

A Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations team of 150 specialists will be based at Oxford Road, creating high luxury, individually-tailored 'halo' vehicles. Of these jobs, some 100 will be newly-created engineering and other highly-skilled operational jobs. The location will complement Jaguar Land Rover's engineering, design and testing facilities at Whitley and Gaydon, as well as the new Jaguar Heritage workshop at Browns Lane, Coventry and the company's advanced manufacturing facilities.

The first vehicle to roll out of the new SVO workshop will be the Jaguar F-Type Project 7, the most powerful and fastest production Jaguar to date. This is an exclusive product, with just 250 models being made available worldwide. Each F-Type Project 7 will start life at the company's plant in Castle Bromwich, before transferring to the Special Operations Technical Centre to complete the build by hand.


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