Jaguar Land Rover To Move Discovery Production To Slovakia

Jaguar Land Rover To Move Discovery Production To Slovakia

Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is to move all production of its Discovery SUV model from its Solihull plant to Slovakia (Nitra) from next year.

Once redeveloped the site at Solihull will be produce the next generation of Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, which will be based on a new electrified platform.

Although the livelihoods of many of these agency workers are under threat, JLR said the decision to upgrade its factories in Solihull and Halewood should safeguard the future these plants and the vast majority of its work force.

Britain's biggest vehicle maker, owned by India's Tata Motors, will create a new factory platform at its Solihull plant that will enable the production of cars in electric, petrol and diesel versions, said people familiar with the matter, asking not to be named.

JLR, owned by the Indian company Tata, had already signalled it would move a large amount of the production on the Discovery, which sold about 45,000 units past year, the lowest volume of the five models built in Solihull.

The company said the switch will take place early next year and that agency workers are most at risk from the decision.

The company claims it is still committed to British manufacturing and promises to replace the production line in Solihull with a new line of hybrid and electric models by 2020.

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Why is Land Rover moving Discovery production to Slovakia?

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

The group meanwhile stressed its commitment to the United Kingdom amid deep concern across the country's vehicle sector regarding Brexit uncertainty.

In 2014 the automaker started production outside the United Kingdom for the first time when versions of the Rover Range Rover Evoque started rolling out of a plant in China.

The vehicle is now produced at a plant in Solihull, in the West Midlands. It also has an agreement with Magna Steyr, a unit of Magna, to build the Jaguar E-Pace compact and all-electric I-Pace models in Austria.

The cost-saving move is said to be a response to increased taxation and declining demand for Diesel and petrol technology cars.

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