Jaguar Land Rover to spend additional $1.6 billion with U.K. suppliers for Range Rover Evoque

MUMBAI, India – Jaguar Land Rover will spend an additional 1 billion British pounds ($1.6 billion) with U.K. suppliers over the next four years to meet strong demand for the Range Rover Evoque.

That comes on top of 2 billion pounds worth of contracts awarded in March 2011 to over 40 U.K. suppliers for the Range Rover Evoque factory at Halewood on Merseyside.

Jaguar Land Rover, which is owned by India’s Tata Motors, says it has tripled the workforce at the Halewood plant, to nearly 4,500, over the last three years.

The company says it will also open a new logistics plant in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, creating 300 jobs.

Over 60,000 Range Rover Evoques have been sold since the sport utility vehicle went on sale in September.

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