Jaguar Land Rover to switch some UK output to Slovakia
Jaguar Land Rover to switch some UK output to Slovakia
Jaguar Land Rover said today that all production of the Discovery would be done in Slovakia
14 June, 2018, 18:02
While putting any jobs at risk is always always a bad thing, it's significant that JLR has moved its successful Land Rover Discovery to Slovakia, but kept production of its forthcoming flagship and electrified cars - a hugely important phase for the company - in the UK.
The new Range Rover and Range Rover sport will however be built at the firm's central English Solihull plant on an architecture which is created to allow for diesel, petrol, electric and hybrid models to be produced.
Although parent Tata Motors warned in 2016 of its intentions to move its production of Discovery models to Slovakia, the timing of the decision nevertheless came as a bit of a surprise. Both SUVs are made in hybrid versions today.
The big move could result in job losses in the United Kingdom, the company warned, although JLR says it remains "committed to the UK".
The slump came as demand for diesel vehicles dropped, while the auto maker also blamed uncertainty over Brexit and vehicle taxation.
In Britain, the firm built just over 530,000 vehicles a year ago at three production facilities and also has a separate engine site and headquarters, employing roughly 40,000 people in total. Land Rover vehicles were first produced on the Solihull site in 1948.
The cost-saving move is said to be a response to increased taxation and declining demand for Diesel and petrol technology cars.
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.
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