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Jaguar unveiled its new XF model during a dramatic 'high-wire' water crossing in London (Photo: JLR)

Jaguar Land Rover is expanding its advanced engineering and design center in Whitley, England, in a move to speed up the development of technologically sophisticated premium vehicles.

The British carmaker, which is owned by India's Tata Group, said in a press release that it is making a multi-million pound investment in Whitley, where it has acquired an additional 62 acres of space to more than double the company's existing facilities.

JLR CEO Ralf Speth said in a press release the expansion "will help ensure the sustainable growth of Jaguar Land Rover, with the development of ultra-low emission technologies."

JLR, which has more than doubled its workforce to 34,000 in the past five years, plans to invest more than 3 billion pounds on product creation and capital expenditure in the fiscal year ending March 2016.