JAGUAR LAND ROVER SALES SKYROCKET IN THE UK

After months of falling demand the UK’s new car market warmed up in May with a modest rise of 3.4 per cent, as 192,649 new cars were registered.

But West Midlands-based JLR, which makes its engines at the i54 site in Wolverhampton, saw much faster growth.

Jaguar sales rose by 19.7 per cent, to 3,096, while Land Rover sales rose 16.8 per cent to 6,566.

The pace of its growth was way better than bigger car makers like Ford, Vauxhall and Volkswagen, while rival luxury auto manufacturers like BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz barely scraped any growth at all.

The latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showed demand for hybrids and plug-ins was up more than a third, while superminis, SUVs and soft-tops were also in demand in the hottest May on record.

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