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Land Rover moves all Discovery production to Slovakia

Land Rover moves all Discovery production to Slovakia

Speaking to City A.M., a spokesperson for Jaguar Land Rover confirmed that as a result of the refit, there may be some job losses at the plant for agency staff connected with Discovery production.

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 company, owned by Tata Motors Ltd, will create a new factory platform at its Solihull, U.K., 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 because the information isn't public.

The company had previously announced the production of some Discovery vehicles in Slovakia.

In April, JLR announced a temporary cut in production and job losses at its Solihull and Castle Bromwich plants, pointing to "continuing headwinds" facing the auto industry.

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GETTY RINGING THE CHANGES JLR hope to make all new vehicles electrified from 2020

The Discovery has been built in Solihull since it was launched in 1989. It means the company's Solihull and Halewood plants will remain at the cutting-edge of its long-term strategy.

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.

Alongside this, JLR says "a significant investment and technology upgrade" in Solihull will prepare the plant for other new and upcoming Land Rover models.

In the United Kingdom, the company said it was "impacted by consumer uncertainty surrounding diesel models, Brexit and vehicle taxation". While the company has said it will be investing further in Solihull, where the new Range Rover and Range Rover Sports will be built, the announcement was seized upon by critics of Brexit, who argued it pointed to the impact that concerns around Britain's exit from the European Union was already having on business and investment decisions. 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. 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.





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