Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

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

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

Britain's biggest carmaker, Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Plc, is moving all production of its Land Rover Discovery to Slovakia from a plant near Birmingham, which will be retooled to accommodate a new generation of electric cars.

These will be the next Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, which will be built on an all-new architecture.

The plant in Nitra is expected to launch production in late 2018.

All Discovery production is expected to have been moved out of the United Kingdom by 2019, Britain's biggest car-maker said, which may result in job losses at Solihull, before output ramps up again.

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

JLR initially stated that the new Slovakia factory (below) would share production duties with the Solihull plant, and this week's new announcement represents a change from that.

The next Range Rover is set to be built on an all-new platform that has been designed with a range of different powertrains in mind, and it is believed that an electric option will be available, as well as an all-new standalone electric model using the same platform that will be more car-like in execution.

But yesterday Jaguar Land Rover said that all production of the Discovery would be done in the central European nation.

The carmaker will move all Discovery production to Slovakia, and said some jobs in the United Kingdom will be at risk.

The announcement comes weeks after profits at Jaguar Land Rover were nearly cut in half in the fourth quarter as the car-maker was stung by a combination of falling diesel sales, Brexit uncertainty and vehicle taxation. Both SUVs are made in hybrid versions today. And the only properly electric vehicle made by JLR - the Jaguar I-Pace - is already built overseas, at Magna Steyr in Austria.

The company warned that there may be some job losses in the United Kingdom as a result. Land Rover vehicles were first produced on the Solihull site in 1948.

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 company is grappling with slumping demand for diesel vehicles in the UK.

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