Jaguar Land Rover will transfer production of the crossover Discovery to SlovakiaJune 13, 2018
It seems that the company Jaguar Land Rover still took a rather difficult decision for itself, and will soon transfer the production of its legendary model from the UK to Slovakia.
According to the information agency Reuters, the popular crossover will replace the “residence permit” from Solihulla to Nitra. The new plant for the production of cars in the Slovak city of the company has been building in the past few years, its design capacity is 300,000 cars per year, and it is now on it that the model will be manufactured. Also, the company Jaguar Land Rover is forced to reduce in the UK about 1,000 jobs.
According to the financial director of the company Ken Gregor, this decision will reduce the cost of production of new cars, but the Jaguar Land Rover is not going to shut down the plant in Solihull: it will modernize equipment and continue to produce Range Rover and Range Rover Sport cars. Will save the British residence permit and crossover Evoque, which is produced at the enterprise in Heilwood.
According to Reuters, this situation is due to the fact that the UK announced last year that it would withdraw from the European Union, which in the future is likely to lead to the appearance of duties for British cars, as well as the established trend to reduce demand for diesel cars in Europe. Since in the US this model is not in high demand (last year, US dealers sold less than 6,500 copies of this model), Jaguar Land Rover, apparently, was forced to look for a new way to increase the popularity of Discovery.
As for the timing, the production of the Slovak Land Rover Discovery will begin at the end of this year.
Over the past 20 years, Slovakia has made an impressive leap, and its automotive industry is considered one of the strongest in the world. If in 2005 the country produced about 218,000 new cars a year, in 2016 their number exceeded one million. In Bratislava Volkswagen cars are produced, in Zhilin the plant of Kia Motors is located, in Trnava the enterprise PSA is located.