Jaguar Land Rover to switch some United Kingdom output to Slovakia

Jaguar Land Rover to switch some United Kingdom output to Slovakia

Andrew Cummings
June 14, 2018

The Solihull factory, where the Discovery is manufactured, will be used to build a new generation of Range Rover models, the firm said.

Although the livelihoods of many of these agency workers are under threat, JLR said the decision to upgrade its factories in Solihull and Halewood should safeguard the future these plants and the vast majority of its work force.

In the short-term, more work than anticipated will move to JLR's new £1bn facility in Nitra, Slovakia, which is due to open at the end of the year.

In 2016, the company said it would produce Discovery models in Slovakia.

The company has previously said all its cars would be available in either an electric, hybrid, petrol or diesel version from 2020.

Discovery production in Birmingham will move to Slovakia early next year.

We first got to know in 2015, that Jaguar Land Rover talked about expanding its global footprint with a manufacturing plant in Slovakia.

The group meanwhile stressed its commitment to the United Kingdom amid deep concern across the country's auto sector regarding Brexit uncertainty.

Jaguar E-Pace compact and all-electric I-Pace models will be produced by a unit of Magna in Austria, as per an agreement made by the company.

The company has its presence across the United Kingdom with three production plants, builds cars in China and assembles vehicles in India, along with a plant in Brazil.

First released in 1989, the Discovery was Land Rover's third 4x4, positioned between the go-anywhere Defender beloved of farmers and explorers, and the more upmarket Range Rover.

The company, owned by India's Tata Motors, builds almost one in three of Britain's 1.7 millions cars but is producing its first electric vehicle, the I-Pace, in Austria.

The company is grappling with slumping demand for diesel vehicles in the UK.

In the United Kingdom, the company said it had been affected "by consumer uncertainty surrounding diesel models, Brexit and vehicle taxation".

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