Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
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Jaguar Land Rover moves Discovery production to Slovakia

Jaguar Land Rover moves Discovery production to Slovakia

The manufacturer will build the next of its Range Rover Evoque models at a site in Halewood in northern England, where the Discovery Sport is also made.

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 existing plant in Solihull, which now manufactures the Land Rover Discovery, is being retooled by Indian-owned Jaguar Land Rover to accommodate previous statements made by the company that all new models will be electrified by 2020. The move to Slovakia for Discovery production takes effect at the start of 2019. But its decision to move all production to the Eastern European country comes as a surprise.

Previously, JLR had said the manufacture of the Discovery would be split between Solihull and Slovakia.

JLR released a statement on the impact on jobs: "The decision to move the Land Rover Discovery to Slovakia and the potential losses of some agency-employed staff in the United Kingdom is a tough one but forms part of our long-term manufacturing strategy as we transform our business globally".

Jaguar Land Rover is set to cut more jobs in Britain as it moves all production of its Discovery SUV to lower-cost Slovakia before building its new Range Rover at an English factory.

In total, 33,774 Land Rover cars were sold during the period while 14,507 Jaguars were bought.

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

Land Rover has discontinued the three-door Range Rover Evoque due to lacklustre sales.

JLR chief commercial officer Felix Brautigam said: "Strong demand for Land Rover vehicles drove our performance in May particularly in the USA and UK". Also our latest Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models, including plug-in hybrid options, have been performing particularly well in key markets.

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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