Land Rover Discovery production moving to Slovakia

Land Rover Discovery

Land Rover to shift Discovery production away from UK… Production of the Land Rover Discovery is set to be moved to Slovakia

JLR have said the decision to move production and the "potential" job losses was a "tough" decision to make.

Jaguar Land Rover will be moving all production of its Discovery SUV to Slovakia in 2019, making way for the redevelopment of its Solihull plant to create electric, petrol and diesel versions of its Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models.

Britain's biggest carmaker, which is owned by India's Tata Motors, said production will be moved early next year.

We first got to know in 2015, that Jaguar Land Rover talked about expanding its global footprint with a manufacturing plant in Slovakia. This will be due to the crossover delay in Slovakian production beginning next year, and the redevelopment of the Solihull plant which is already underway.

The Land Rover Discovery Sport (pictured) will still be made at the Halewood plant.

"The decision to move the Land Rover Discovery to Slovakia and the potential losses of some agency employed staff in the United Kingdom is a tough one but forms part of our long-term manufacturing strategy as we transform our business globally".

"The decision to move the Land Rover Discovery to Slovakia and the potential losses of some agency employed staff in the United Kingdom is a tough one but forms part of our long-term manufacturing strategy as we transform our business globally", Jaguar Land Rover said in a statement quoted by Bloomberg on Monday.

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Despite the production move, JLR has said it will spend millions to retool its Solihull plant to produce electric vehicles after it announced plans to electrify all new models by 2020.

The Discovery has been built in Solihull since it was launched in 1989. The biggest plant in the company, it now employs 9,000 people.

The Solihull factory, where the Discovery is manufactured, will be used to build a new generation of Range Rover models, the firm said.

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.

The manufacturer said the new Range Rover Velar, the Jaguar E-PACE and the Land Rover Discovery helped it sell 48,281 vehicles during the month, a 6.1 per cent rise on the same period in 2017.

JLR's strategy is to build cars at multiple factories around the globe.

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