Jaguar Land Rover to move Discovery production to Slovakia


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

Speaking to City A.M., a spokesperson for Jaguar Land Rover confirmed that as a result of the refit, there may be some job losses at the plant for agency staff connected with Discovery production.

Jaguar Land Rover is to end production of its Discovery off-roader at its Solihull plant and move the work to its giant new factory in Slovakia.

However, the move has also been welcomed locally as a step for the manufacturer to upgrade the Solihull plant to build new, electric models. The next generation Range Rover Evoque will borrow its design language from the new Range Rover Velar and will most likely debut later this year. It will affect around a third of the 300-acre Solihull factory site.

Jaguar Land Rover is to move all production of its Discovery from the United Kingdom to Slovakia in a move that could lead to the loss of jobs.

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JLR employs some 40,000 people in total making it the UK's biggest auto manufacturer in terms of both output and heads. 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.

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 group saw pre-tax profit slump to £364million in the three months to March 31, down from £676million in the same period past year.

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. While some agency-employed plant workers may lose their jobs, the decision to build EVs at Solihull marks a major commitment to United Kingdom manufacturing amid uncertainty over Brexit.

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.