Land Rover to move Discovery production to Slovakia from Solihull

The Land Rover Discovery is set to be moved from production near Birmingham by the beginning of 2019

The Land Rover Discovery is set to be moved from production near Birmingham by the beginning of 2019

With the manufacturing facility set to start later this year and the company has already announced that it is set to move all production of its Discovery vehicle to Slovakia before building its new Range Rover at an English factory.

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 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.

Britain's biggest auto maker says production will move from Solihull to Slovakia in eastern Europe early next year.

The company has previously said all its cars would be available in either an electric, hybrid, petrol or diesel version from 2020.

After its makeover, the plant will produce the new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models.

The Discovery has been built in Solihull since it was launched in 1989. Currently, the Tata-owned carmaker has 3 production plants in the United Kingdom, builds cars in China and also has assembling operations in India, with a plant in Brazil too. It already employs 1,400 people there as it gears up to open.

"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 company said.

In the United Kingdom, the company said it was "impacted by consumer uncertainty surrounding diesel models, Brexit and vehicle taxation". It has also blamed Brexit for hitting demand in Europe's second-largest autos market, where demand fell 6 percent a year ago. The manufacturer will build the next of its Range Rover Evoque models at a site in Halewood in northern England, where the Discovery Sport is also made.

As well as new manufacturing plants in China and South America, JLR has struck a deal with carmaker Magna Steyr to build the both its Jaguar E-Pace and the all-electric I-Pace models in Austria. The next-generation Defender is also set to the built there, given its relationship to the Discovery's underpinnings and the lower production costs.

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