Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Jaguar Land Rover moves Discovery production from Solihull to Slovakia

Jaguar Land Rover moves Discovery production from Solihull to Slovakia

The new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport will however be built at the automaker's central English Solihull plant on an architecture which is created to allow for diesel, gasoline, electric and hybrid models to be produced.

But on Monday Jaguar Land Rover said that all production of the Discovery would be done in the Eastern European nation.

JLR said in January it would decide this year whether to build electric cars in its home market after announcing all of its new cars will be available in an electric or hybrid version from 2020. The move to Slovakia for Discovery production takes effect at the start of 2019.

However, today it said that all production of the model will be moved overseas in early 2019 and that the move was likely to result in job losses for some agency workers in Britain.

The company had previously announced the production of some Discovery vehicles in Slovakia. This also suggests that the three-door Evoque will most likely not come back for a new generation any time soon.

The announcement comes weeks after profits at Jaguar Land Rover were nearly cut in half in the fourth quarter.

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So far in 2018, 77,727 Jaguar cars have been sold while a further 188,443 Land Rovers have been bought across the world.

Industry experts have warned that this plus concerns for the future of the sector following Brexit could mount pressure on United Kingdom vehicle makers - though brands such as Nissan and Vauxhall both recently committed to continued assembly at their British factories.

However, sales fell 8.7 per cent in Europe and 8.1 per cent in China due to import duty reduction resulting in deferred purchases ahead of the 1 July effective date.

A spokesman said these proves prove that the group "remains committed both to the United Kingdom and to transformation and growth".

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.

"Although there has been an initial drop in sales as customers weigh up what it means for them, all indications are that this will be temporary and the move mid-term will further strengthen demand".

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