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Jaguar Land Rover moves Discovery production to Slovakia

12 June 2018

The opening of the Nitra plant was originally meant to take pressure off JLR's United Kingdom factories, sharing Discovery production with the Solihull plant.

JLR said the switch of production to the £1bn plant in Nitra, Slovakia - which is due to open at the end of the year - is not connected to concerns over Brexit.

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.

"The new, award winning Range Rover Velar was an important contributor". The biggest plant in the company, it now employs 9,000 people.

The group saw pre-tax profit slump to £364 million in the three months to March 31, down from £676 million in the same period a year ago. It has also blamed Brexit for hitting demand in Europe's second-largest autos market, where demand fell 6 percent past year.

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"This significant investment and technology upgrade in Solihull in order to accommodate our next-generation of flagship Land Rover models, and the refit of our Halewood plant for the next Evoque, is proof that we remain committed both to the United Kingdom and to transformation and growth", the group said.

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

A JLR statement also detailed plans for a refit at the Halewood production facility in Liverpool ahead of the next Range Rover Evoque's launch next year - meaning the entry-level Range Rover will continue to be produced at the plant. The next-generation Defender is also set to the built there, given its relationship to the Discovery's underpinnings and the lower production costs.

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 auto, in Austria.

The E-Pace is the smaller version of the hugely popular F-Pace Jaguar SUV and has been one of the company's strongest sellers over recent months.

Jaguar Land Rover moves Discovery production to Slovakia