LONDON — the automaker said, “Jaguar Land Rover is moving all production of its Land Rover Discovery to Slovakia from its Solihull plant near Birmingham”.
JLR said, “The decision to move the Land Rover Discovery to Slovakia and the potential losses of some agency employed staff in the U.K. is a tough one but forms part of our long-term manufacturing strategy as we transform our business globally”.
The company would now target the production of electric, gasoline and diesel vehicles in Solihull, replied the people.
After its makeover, the plant will produce the new Range Rover and Range Rover Sports models. 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. The U.K. investment, totaling hundreds of millions of pounds, according to the people, could cut both ways. While some agency-employed plant workers may lose their jobs, the decision to build EVs at Solihull marks a major commitment to UK manufacturing amid uncertainty over Brexit.
Jaguar Land Rover said by email, “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 UK and to transformation and growth”.