Jaguar Land Rover to move ALL Discovery production to Slovakia

  • Jaguar Land Rover to move ALL Discovery production to Slovakia

Jaguar Land Rover to move ALL Discovery production to Slovakia

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

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.

In a recent interview with a media outlet, Land Rover said that from 2019, the company will only offer the five-door Evoque and the convertible Evoque as option instead of the three-door Evoque.

Once production is completed, customers will be given the choice of fully-electrified vehicles, as well as hybrid, petrol and diesel editions of Range Rover models.

The big move could result in job losses in the United Kingdom, the company warned, although JLR says it remains "committed to the UK".

Fundamentally, the technology upgrade in Solihull will account for a third of the plant.

However, the move has also been welcomed locally as a step for the manufacturer to upgrade the Solihull plant to build new, electric models.

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

There are 1,800 agency workers in the Solihull plant, out of a workforce of 10,000, the BBC reports.

Profits at the auto maker were nearly cut in half in the fourth quarter as it was stung by a combination of falling diesel sales, Brexit uncertainty and vehicle taxation.

"The new, award winning Range Rover Velar was an important contributor".

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

The auto maker also said it would invest millions in a revamp of its Solihull factory, where the new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models will be built.

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 slump came as demand for diesel vehicles dropped, while the auto maker also blamed uncertainty over Brexit and vehicle taxation. It also has a factory in China and an assembly operation in India.