Here's an unexpected headline: "Jaguar Land Rover to Hire More Than 1,100 Workers at UK Plant."

With the British auto industry all but left for dead when we were still in short pants and both Jaguar and Land Rover mired in irrelevance for most of the past two decades, the notion that these guys might someday make a successful go of it has always seemed akin to world peace – a nice idea but unlikely to ever happen. So kudos to the management at Tata for doing what neither the former Ford overlords nor the British themselves could.

The Dow Jones Newswires report says JLR will be hiring the new workers to build the XF Sportbrake (pictured) later this year at its Castle Bromwich assembly plant. The company has already added some 1,000 manufacturing jobs at another English plant to support a 19-percent sales increase through the first half of the year. JLR told Dow Jones that a third of its total workforce, some 8,000 people, have been hired in the past two years.

If that doesn't say business is booming, what does?


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      Soccer Mom
      • 2 Years Ago
      A beautiful wagon that even marketing slang failed to spoil.
      Karl T
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would sell your children to have this car.
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Karl T
        No, you mean your mother-in-law.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is beautiful. I bet even this would sell to Americans.
        Keldon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Wayne
        My thoughts exactly. This and the Honda wagon posted earlier are both awesome-looking. But as usual we'll never see either here.
      Luke Lau
      • 2 Years Ago
      You know what'd sound even better? JAGUAR LAND ROVER HIRING WORKERS TO BUILD XF SPORTBRAKE FOR SALE IN US.
        Proghog
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Luke Lau
        Do you know what would be even better is if it had a diesel.
          Luke Lau
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Proghog
          Now what if they had an XF-R sportbrake. It'd be the genesis of superwagons in the United States.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      Argh, why don't they sell it here as a limited edition model...what a beauty!
        Karl T
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CarCrazy24
        Because too many Americans are too insecure to drive a wagon. Even if they like it- it suits their needs- they can afford it. I've had several guys tell me they love my Mazda6 wagon, but they couldn't drive it because of what people think of wagons. To which I reply "Really? And what did you just tell me how you feel about wagons?"
          BG
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Karl T
          I bet for most of them, it is the wives that complain. They associate wagons with June Cleaver in a 1960s suburban tract and dresses with puffed sleeves. So to demonstrate their individuality and creativity compared to their fuddy-duddy moms (or grandmoms), they buy a hundred varieties of crossovers/CUVs in a hundred shades of silver paint, and all with leather seats and auto transmission. Now that's individuality.
      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lordy that's hawt...
      Edward
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's a wagon, or estate, not a brake. A shooting brake has only two side doors, not two on each side.
      Keith I
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll take one and a CTS-V wagon to pair it with, please!
      • 2 Years Ago
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      threefortyduster
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jaguar XF Station Wagon. Still wouldn't sell here.
      bored2heck
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks good for a shooting brake. Especially like the blacked out pillars and roof spoiler.
      rocketmoose
      • 2 Years Ago
      Blacked out C-pillar doesn't do it for me. I'd take one in black, though, so it doesn't notice.
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