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Jaguar Land Rover Gets To Work On New University R&D Center

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Jaguar Land Rover has a raft of new products in the pipeline, from the new Defender to the next-generation XF sedan. But new product isn’t the only thing the British automaker is investing in: it’s also opening new facilities around the world, including what it’s calling the National Automotive Innovation Centre back home in the UK.

Jaguar Land Rover gets to work

Based at the University of Warwick, the new $220-million R&D center is the result of a joint effort between JLR, its parent company Tata, the manufacturing arm of the university and the British government. The facility will bring together professionals from the automaker as well as its suppliers with academics to encourage, as the name suggests, innovation in the automotive sector.

Its 355,000 square feet are earmarked to become the hub for Jaguar Land Rover’s advanced research activities, including “workshops, laboratories, virtual engineering suites and advanced powertrain facilities, equipped to enable a full range of design, visualisation and prototyping activities.” The cornerstore was just laid in a ceremony this week, but the facility isn’t due to open until the Spring of 2017 when it will encompass some 1,000 employees, including 600 relocated by JLR to the new location from other sites in the UK.

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