Jaguar, Land Rover invest in new U.K. research and development centre

Jaguar’s aluminum chassis may have been in the automotive media limelight for the longest time, but it and Land Rover are in the news for something decidedly different: The two British automakers are investing 50 million GBP (about $80-million CAD) in a new R&D centre in England, according to Automotive News Europe.

The investment is set to triple the number of JLR research and development employees from the current 150 to about 500 when the new facility opens up. It is expected to open its doors by 2016 and will be dedicated to, quite literally, the future, including hybrid and electric drivetrains, connectivity possibilities and autonomous cars.

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