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Jaguar Land Rover moves Discovery production 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
Ginger Lawrence | 12 June, 2018, 01:44

A JLR statement also detailed plans for a refit at the Halewood production facility in Liverpool ahead of the next Range Rover Evoque's launch next year - meaning the entry-level Range Rover will continue to be produced at the plant.

Jaguar Land Rover is to end production of its Discovery off-roader at its Solihull plant and move the work to its giant new factory in Slovakia.

It is also still possible that the Jaguar J-Pace, the Discovery's sister vehicle, will be built in Solihull, possibly alongside a new family of electrified and electric Jaguar Land Rover cars coming next year, including the relaunched XJ and Road Rover EVs. The move to Slovakia for Discovery production takes effect at the start of 2019.

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

"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", the firm added in a statement.

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

So far in 2018, 77,727 Jaguar cars have been sold while a further 188,443 Land Rovers have been bought across the world.

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The company warned that there may be some job losses in the United Kingdom as a result. The next generation Range Rover Evoque will borrow its design language from the new Range Rover Velar and will most likely debut later this year.

A spokesman said these proves prove that the group "remains committed both to the United Kingdom and to transformation and growth".

Once production is completed, customers will be given the choice of fully-electrified vehicles, as well as hybrid, petrol and diesel editions of Range Rover models.

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.

"With deliveries starting this summer we expect demand to be strong". JLR also builds the SUV in Changshu, China.

"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".