Jaguar Land Rover to move production of Discovery from United Kingdom to Slovakia

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Jaguar Land Rover has announced an overhaul of its United Kingdom manufacturing operations, revealing plans for a new family of Range Rover models, and the moving of Discovery production to JLR's new facility in Nitra, Slovakia.

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.

The firm said it was a "tough" decision but it will allow it to slash costs and free up space at the Solihull plant, which is being revamped to build the next generation of Range Rovers.

Britain's biggest vehicle maker says production will move from Solihull to Slovakia in eastern Europe early next year.

The Solihull plant will be converted to manufacture electric and hybrid cars which the company will switch to making from 2020. These will be the next Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, which will be built on an all-new architecture. It will affect around a third of the 300-acre Solihull factory site.


The company warned that there may be some job losses in the United Kingdom as a result. It already employs 1,400 people there as it gears up to open.

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

"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 United Kingdom and to transformation and growth", Jaguar Land Rover said by email. It has also blamed Brexit for hitting demand in Europe's second-largest autos market, where demand fell 6 percent previous year. Also our latest Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models, including plug-in hybrid options, have been performing particularly well in key markets.

JLR has an agreement with contract manufacturer Magna Steyr to build the Jaguar E-Pace and all-electric I-Pace, it's first full-electric auto, in Austria. Sales for the Jaguar E-PACE also continue to ramp up and we look forward to retails of this exciting sporty compact SUV beginning in China in August.

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