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Jaguar Land Rover announces plans for new R&D center

by Drew Johnson

JLR will soon open a new R&D center in the UK.

Jaguar Land Rover has announced plans to establish a new research and development center in the UK. JLR expects to break ground on the National Automotive Innovation Campus in September 2014.

Slated to be built in Warwick, the NAIC will be funded through an $80 million investment from JLR and its parent company, India's Tata Motors. The Warwick Manufacturing Group and the UK Government's Higher Education Funding Council England will foot the other $80 million of the estimated $160 million build cost.

When the NAIC opens in 2016, it is expected to double Jaguar Land Rover's advanced research team to 500 people.

"Investing in collaboration, innovation, research and education is vital if we want to be on a par with our international competitors," Dr. Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology, Jaguar Land Rover, said. "Our future sales success, the success of our global business - and the UK economy - lies in the engineering and innovation that will take place in NAIC."

JLR hasn't detail any project that will be undertaken at NAIC, but says the facility will focus on projects "such as electrification, smart & connected cars and Human Machine Interface."

"These collaborative research programs will harness the best of UK engineering innovation, and with the extra capability the NAIC gives us, you can expect the number and range of new, fresh innovative ideas that we patent, and then take to production in the future, will increase significantly," said Antony Harper, Jaguar Land Rover's Head of Research.