Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Jaguar Land Rover to move Discovery production from UK to Slovakia

The Land Rover Discovery is set to be moved from production near Birmingham by the beginning of 2019 The Land Rover Discovery is set to be moved from production near Birmingham by the beginning of 2019
Laurie Berry | 12 June, 2018, 11:58

Jaguar Land Rover will be moving all production of its Discovery SUV to Slovakia in 2019, making way for the redevelopment of its Solihull plant to create electric, petrol and diesel versions of its Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models.

The big move could result in job losses in the United Kingdom, the company warned, although JLR says it remains "committed to the UK".

Two years ago the firm, owned by India's Tata Motors, insisted that its new Slovakia plant would "complement" its United Kingdom operations, with the Discovery built in both locations.

The Solihull plant will be converted to manufacture electric and hybrid cars which the company will switch to making from 2020.

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

"The new, award winning Range Rover Velar was an important contributor".

The Discovery has been made at Solihull since it was first launched by Land Rover in 1989 and is now in its fifth generation.

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Fundamentally, the technology upgrade in Solihull will account for a third of the plant. It already employs 1,400 people there as it gears up to open.

The opening of the Nitra plant was originally meant to take pressure off JLR's United Kingdom factories, sharing Discovery production with the Solihull plant.

Last month, the company said fourth-quarter pretax profit halved to £364m on revenues of £7.6bn as demand for diesel vehicles slumped.

The slump came as demand for diesel vehicles dropped, while the auto maker also blamed uncertainty over Brexit and vehicle taxation. Most Range Rover Evoques and the related Discovery Sport are built at Land Rover's Halewood plant in the United Kingdom, however.

JLR - which is owned by the Indian group Tata Motors - said that it remained "committed to the UK". The next-generation Defender is also set to the built there, given its relationship to the Discovery's underpinnings and the lower production costs.

As well as new manufacturing plants in China and South America, JLR has struck a deal with carmaker Magna Steyr to build the both its Jaguar E-Pace and the all-electric I-Pace models in Austria.

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