Land Rover announces production move for Discovery from UK as car maker readies for new Range Rover
Jaguar Land Rover has announced an overhaul of its UK production operations, showing plans for a brand new household of Range Rover models, as well as the shifting of Discovery manufacturing to Jaguar Land Rover’s new centre in Nitra, Slovakia.
The refit would free up future capacity for the Solihull factory.
A Jaguar Land Rover announcement also detailed plans for a refit in the Halewood manufacturing facility in Liverpool before another Range Rover Evoque’s launching next year – meaning that the entry Range Rover will last to be made at the plant.
Alongside this, Jaguar Land Rover states”a substantial investment and technology update” in Solihull will prepare the plant for additional new and forthcoming Land Rover models. These can be the following Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, that can be constructed in an amazing architecture.
It’s also still possible the Jaguar J-Pace, the Discovery’s sister car, will soon be constructed in Solihull, maybe along with a brand new household of electrified and electrical Jaguar Land Rover automobiles coming annually, for example, relaunched XJ and Road Rover EVs.
A company spokesman stated that the refit would free up future capacity for the Solihull factory. The Road Rover is anticipated to be established before the onset of the next decade, although the Jaguar J-Pace is likely in 2021.
No growth from the Solihull factory’s physical dimension is intended as a consequence of the change in manufacturing, but JLR asserts the projected shift in versions helps to futureproof the centre. The investment from the United Kingdom facilities is reportedly in the”hundreds of millions”.
The launching of this Nitra plant was initially meant to take stress off JLR’s UK factories, sharing Discovery creation together with all the Solihull plant. Rather, Nitra will currently create all Discovery versions.
Jaguar Land Rover published a statement about the effect on projects:”The decision to proceed the Land Rover Discovery into Slovakia and the possible losses of an agency-employed team in the United Kingdom is a demanding one but forms a part of our long-term production plan as we change our business internationally.”
Back in April, Jaguar Land Rover laid off 1000 of its 40,000-strong UK workforce after a 21% recession in UK requirement, a 12 per cent drop in European demand from the first 3 months of this calendar year, along with a 20.9% decrease before the end of May.
Approximately 46,000 Discovery’s are created yearly in Solihull, with 80 per cent of those heading for overseas markets. The transfer to Slovakia to get Discovery manufacturing takes effect at the beginning of 2019. The Discovery constitutes around 10 per cent of Land Rover’s overall sales.