Jaguar Land Rover moves Discovery production from Solihull to Slovakia

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All new Land Rover Discovery cars will be produced in Slovakia

JLR had already announced in 2016 it would produce Discovery models in Slovakia, but only said the manufacture would be split.

Jaguar Land Rover has announced an overhaul of its United Kingdom manufacturing operations, revealing plans for a new family of Range Rover models, and the moving of Discovery production to JLR's new facility in Nitra, Slovakia.

"The decision to move the Land Rover Discovery to Slovakia and the potential losses of some agency employed staff in the 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.

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

The Discovery has been made at Solihull since it was first launched by Land Rover in 1989 and is now in its fifth generation.

Alongside the Slovakia announcement, Jaguar said it will invest millions in a revamp of Solihull, where the new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models will be built. These will be the next Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, which will be built on an all-new architecture. 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.

Although the livelihoods of many of these agency workers are under threat, JLR said the decision to upgrade its factories in Solihull and Halewood should safeguard the future these plants and the vast majority of its work force. The biggest plant in the company, it now employs 9,000 people.

JLR - which is owned by the Indian group Tata Motors - said that it remained "committed to the UK".

The company will cut 1,000 jobs and reduce production at two of its English factories as demand for diesel cars slumps in the face of higher taxes and a regulatory crackdown.

The company has also blamed Brexit for hitting demand in Europe's second-largest autos market, where demand fell 6 percent previous year, a source told Reuters in April. Most Range Rover Evoques and the related Discovery Sport are built at Land Rover's Halewood plant in the United Kingdom, however.

JLR has an agreement with contract manufacturer Magna Steyr to build the Jaguar E-Pace and all-electric I-Pace, it's first full-electric vehicle, in Austria. JLR also builds the SUV in Changshu, China.

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