Scramble for Range Rover Evoque jobs

The jobs were created in order to build the new Range Rover Evoque, the new ‘baby’ Range Rover expected to arrive in 2011.

Jaguar Land Rover’s HR manager Mark Pennifold said: "The launch of the Range Rover Evoque is a critical milestone for Jaguar Land Rover and Merseyside.

"This unprecedented response demonstrates how important an employer Jaguar Land Rover is to the region."

Jaguar Land Rover, which is owned by Indian-based Tata Motors, will fill the jobs over the next couple of months as production of the three- and five-door Evoque models begin.

Demand for the Range Rover Evoque, which boasts a low, coupe-like roofline and the lowest CO2 emissions out of any Land Rover ever, is expected to be high when it arrives in UK showrooms.

The Evoque is aimed at a new market for Land Rover. Designed primarily for on-road use, the compact SUV costs just £30,000 and features sportier styling than the more traditional off-road Land Rover models.

It also offers a two-wheel drive option – one of only two Land Rovers to do so alongside the Freelander 2 eD4.

The Evoque is seen as an important car for Land Rover, which is under pressure to reduce the average CO2 emissions of its range to fall in line with EU regulations.

Key to this will be the fuel-efficient 2.2-litre turbodiesel bringing CO2 emissions below 130g/km in two-wheel drive format and 145g/km in all-wheel drive.

The Halewood plant on Merseyside currently builds Land Rover’s most popular car in the UK, the Freelander 2. Production is currently being extended to incorporate the Evoque at the facility.