Jaguar Land Rover had quite an exciting day as it saw the Queen visit its new Ingenium engine plant that cost £500 million. The factory is located in Wolverhampton and will create 6,900 jobs for people. This factory represents the largest investment that JLR has made in in-house design and manufacturing in a generation. The Queen's presence at the opening is a symbol of just how important and significant this new factory is.
The new plant is the size of 14 football pitches. It also has the largest solar roof in the country. That roof produces enough electricity to power 1,600 homes. The factory includes a £150m investment in assembly robots and laser drilling. It is truly a state-of-the-art facility.
The factory will be producing JLR's new Ingenium family of engines. Those engines will make their first appearances in the Jaguar XE and the Land Rover Discovery Sport. The first engine to be produced is the 2.0-litre diesel engine. This Ingenium diesel engine beats the BMW 3-Series in terms of both performance and efficiency. In the future the Ingenium line of engines will be rolled out across the entire JLR range of vehicles.
A big moment for Jaguar Land Rover, and an important step in Discovery Sport production.