Tata Motors owned Jaguar has commenced production of their upcoming 3 series and C Class rival, XE sedan at their new Solihull plant. The West Midlands based state of the art 500 million pound is based on the concept of a factory within a factory. The plant already produces Land Rover products at the existing facility while the new assembly lines will be devoted to the XE sedan.
The company has spent 2 billion pounds in the development of the XE, which will be their most affordable car so far. It is also planning to bring it to India and we hope that the company launches it during the Auto Expo next year.
Here are some key pointers regarding the XE and its Solihull plant:
- The 16,50,000 square metre facility also houses Europe’s biggest aluminium body shop
- It also brings an investment of around 4 billion pounds by UK based suppliers
- The XE would be the first Jaguar to be produced at Solihull, the traditional home of Land Rover
- The plant has a 9,000 strong workforce and conducts three shifts in a day for 24 hours production.
Jaguar is also going to produce the F-Pace – their first production SUV, at the same facility. Based on the C-X17 concept, this new product will have a lot in common with the XE.