Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

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

British heritage But Jaguar Land Rover has announced it is to shift all production of the Land Rover Discovery from Birmingham to Slovakia putting hundreds of jobs at risk Jaguar Land Rover to Move Discovery SUV Production to Slovakia
Priscilla Morrison | 11 June, 2018, 21:42

The company said retail sales were up 24 per cent in overseas markets, 20.9 per cent in the United Kingdom and 16.7 per cent in North America.

Two years ago the firm, owned by India's Tata Motors, insisted that its new Slovakia plant would "complement" its United Kingdom operations, with the Discovery built in both locations.

The decision is due to the scale of a redevelopment needed at Solihull to cater for a completely new version of both the Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport.

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.

Fundamentally, the technology upgrade in Solihull will account for a third of the plant.

JLR had already announced in 2016 it would produce Discovery models in Slovakia, but only said the manufacture would be split.

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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. The biggest plant in the company, it now employs 9,000 people.

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

The group saw pre-tax profit slump to £364million in the three months to March 31, down from £676million in the same period previous year.

"The new, award winning Range Rover Velar was an important contributor". 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.

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. It also has a factory in China and an assembly operation in India.

In the United Kingdom, the company said it was "impacted by consumer uncertainty surrounding diesel models, Brexit and vehicle taxation".

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