Engineering growth for Tata in the UK

* 40% increase in staff at Warwick centre * Will add to the 240 engineers already at work * Centre is behind the electric Vista and Pixel city cars...

Engineering growth for Tata in the UK

Tata will boost its UK engineering centre staff by 40% over the next two years.

The Indian company, which owns Jaguar Land Rover, has invested more than 85 million at the University of Warwick-based Tata Motors' European Technical Centre (TMETC) since 2005, with 240 engineers already working at the site.

The TMETC developed the Indica-based Vista electric car, which we drove at the Geneva motor show, and the Nano-based Pixel city car, which was also unveiled at the show.

The Vista will be built in Warwick and will be available to fleet customers from this summer for around 23,000 to 25,000 after the Government's 5000 electric car incentive has been taken into account.

Tata says it will launch a car based on the Pixel, which averages 83mpg and emits 89g/km of CO2, within the next five years.