Friday, 15 February, 2019

Land Rover Discovery model moved to Slovakia from the UK

GDP figures All new Land Rover Discovery cars will be produced in Slovakia
Nellie Chapman | 12 June, 2018, 11:55

The auto is now produced at a plant in Solihull, in the West Midlands.

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

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.

With the manufacturing facility set to start later this year and the company has already announced that it is set to move all production of its Discovery auto to Slovakia before building its new Range Rover at an English factory.

Britain's biggest vehicle maker says production will move from Solihull to Slovakia in eastern Europe early next year.

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 Discovery makes up around 10% of Land Rover's total sales. It will affect around a third of the 300-acre Solihull factory site. It already employs 1,400 people there as it gears up to open.

The company will cut 1,000 jobs and reduce production at two of its English factories as demand for diesel cars slumps in the face of higher taxes and a regulatory crackdown.

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

Sources at Land Rover also revealed to Bloomberg that the move is also to free up capacity at the Solihull plant where the Discovery is now built, along with the the Range Rover, Ranger Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar and Jaguar F-Pace, to make way for new electric cars.

The company has also blamed Brexit for hitting demand in Europe's second-largest autos market, where demand fell 6 percent previous year, a source told Reuters in April. The manufacturer said it would also be investing in its plant at Halewood, Merseyside, to build the next generation Range Rover Evoque.

JLR - which is owned by the Indian group Tata Motors - said that it remained "committed to the UK". 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.

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 vehicle, in Austria.