Jaguar Land Rover to Move Discovery SUV Production to Slovakia

Jaguar Land Rover said today that all production of the Discovery would be done in Slovakia

Jaguar Land Rover said today that all production of the Discovery would be done in Slovakia

So the decision to move all production to thr country has come as a surprise.

The company warned that there may be some job losses in the United Kingdom as a result.

JLR has previously said its next-generation Discovery will be built at its Slovakia plant and on Monday announced there could be some job cuts in Britain as a result.

Britain's biggest auto manufacturer, Jaguar Land Rover, is to transfer all production of its Land Rover Discovery model from the West Midlands to a plant in Slovakia, potentially putting hundreds of agency jobs at risk.

A JLR spokesman said: "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".

Despite the production move, JLR has said it will spend millions to retool its Solihull plant to produce electric vehicles after it announced plans to electrify all new models by 2020.

The new Range Rover and Range Rover sport will however be built at Jaguar Land Rover's Solihull plant on an architecture which is created to allow for diesel, petrol, electric and hybrid models to be produced.

Yesterday Jaguar Land Rover said all its Discovery off road vehicles will be made in the Eastern European nation.

In May 2018, Land Rover SA sold 25 examples of the Evoque, although it's not clear how many of these were in the three-door body style.

JLR chief commercial officer Felix Brautigam said: "Strong demand for Land Rover vehicles drove our performance in May particularly in the USA and UK". These will be the next Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, which will be built on an all-new architecture.

In addition the next Range Rover Evoque will be built at a site in Halewood.

"With deliveries starting this summer we expect demand to be strong". The next-generation Defender is also set to the built there, given its relationship to the Discovery's underpinnings and the lower production costs.

"Although there has been an initial drop in sales as customers weigh up what it means for them, all indications are that this will be temporary and the move mid-term will further strengthen demand".

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