Land Rover To Move Discovery Production To Slovakia

Mon 11th Jun 2018

Jaguar Land Rover will move production of the Discovery model to its new facility in Nitra, Slovakia.

The plans were revealed on a day when JLR also said that they were making a refit of the company’s Halewood production facility, ahead of next year’s new Range Rover Evoque.

In a statement, the company said that they remain committed to the UK.

“This significant investment and technology upgrade in Solihull in order to accommodate our next-generation of flagship Land Rover models, and the refit of our Halewood plant for the next Evoque, is proof that we remain committed both to the UK and to transformation and growth.

The decision to move the Land Rover Discovery to Slovakia and the potential losses of some agency employed staff in the UK is a tough one but forms part of our long-term manufacturing strategy as we transform our business globally.”

The Solihull plans are in line to allow JLR to build the next generation of Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, which are being built on an all-new architecture.

The future of the Jaguar J-Pace is less clear, it could be built in Solihull, but as a sister to the Discovery it might have a future in Slovakia.

JLR have previously announced plans for a range of electrified and electric cars and are also making plans for the all-new XJ and a Road Rover EV.

Solihull had produced 46,000 Discoverys per year, though 80% of those were exported from the UK to foreign climes. Production of the Discovery in Slovakia is expected to begin in 2019.

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