Jaguar Land Rover to move all Discovery production to Slovakia

Jaguar Land Rover to move all Discovery production to Slovakia

It also said it would spend millions to retool its Solihull plant to produce electric vehicles and produce the next Range Rover Evoque at its Halewood site, which also makes Discovery models.

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.

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.

The British brand's new factory in Slovakia is scheduled to go online towards the end of 2018, with an expected annual capacity of 300 000 vehicles.

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is all set to move the production of Land Rover Discovery from West Midlands to a plant in Slovakia, putting hundreds of jobs at risk.

Land Rover has announced it will cease production of the Discovery SUV at its Solihull assembly plant in 2019.

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Two years ago the firm - owned by India's Tata Motors - insisted that its Slovakia plant would "complement" its United Kingdom operations.

Since then the company has revealed its profits 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. It also announced that this could lead to some job cuts in Britain as a result.

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

First released in 1989, the Discovery was Land Rover's third 4x4, positioned between the go-anywhere Defender beloved of farmers and explorers, and the more upmarket Range Rover.

The cost-saving move is said to be a response to increased taxation and declining demand for Diesel and petrol technology cars. Total sales in the country fell 12.8 per cent in the year to March amid consumer uncertainty about Brexit and nervousness about buying diesel cars, though sales grew in China and the US.

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