Tuesday, 12 January, 2016

McLaren Chases Ferrari With Sales Jump and 40% More Engineers

McLaren Production centre at Woking
Elliot Roberts | 08 January, 2016, 16:48

The increase in demand has seen a second shift at the McLaren Production Centre and this has led to the recruitment of 250 skilled workers. "I was particularly impressed to hear that over half of all the components and parts that go into their cars are manufactured here in the United Kingdom, and this is creating countless more jobs in the supply chain".

Last year, the British supercar manufacturer introduced five new models.

Its range also swelled considerably in 2015, gaining the madcap P1 GTR, the sublime 675LT and it’s most everyday-friendly model, the 570S. The 570S has already received universal acclaim from a host of reviewers and by the end of 2017, two new body styles in the Sports Series will be released.

Alongside the bump in vehicle sales, the company's global retailer network grew with 12 new dealerships being opened around the world. Further expansion has been planned for 2016 but the company will concentrate more increasing growth in existing markets rather than entering new markets.

Business secretary Sajid Javid left with Mike Flewitt CEO of Mc Laren Automotive

"The launch of the new Sports Series is a step-change", CEO Mike Flewitt said in a statement.

Some 250 extra jobs, a lot of them in production, will help lift output to 20 cars a day by the middle of this year from 14 now, Woking, England-based McLaren said Thursday.

The company says it as "unprecedented levels of forward orders" for cars. "All of these developments in 2015 give me a very positive sense of confidence that our product range and long-term business plans are heading in exactly the right direction". The remaining sales would come from cars in the Super Series line, which comprises the 650S coupe and 650S Spider and limited-edition variants. McLaren Automotive now employs about 1,000 people.