JLR looks to Slovakia and China for future production

There’s a desire to grow ‘volume, agility and flexibility’ by building the car elsewhere. Photo credit – Pixabay

JLR looks to Slovakia and China for future production

Jaguar Land Rover has revealed that its Discover SUV model will be produced in Slovakia from next year.

Currently, it’s produced in Solihull in the British Midlands, where some jobs will be lost as a result.

The news follows our report from late in 2017 that Jaguar Land Rover had opened an engine plant in China.

The facility, in Changshu, is part of its joint venture with Chery Automobile Ltd.

The state-of-the-art facility manufactures the all-new Ingenium 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine for future Chery Jaguar Land Rover vehicles.

That news came just days after we reported that Jaguar are launching a new SUV, which is also going to be built in China.

That’s due to capacity restraints at Jaguar Land Rover’s UK plants, or as the boss Wolfgang Stadler puts it, a desire to grow ‘volume, agility and flexibility’ by building the car elsewhere.

Analysts are now suggesting that more of Jaguar Land Rover’s supply inventory – or indeed whole vehicles – could be built in China.

Given the outstanding demand for the vehicles in the country, and the need to satisfy Chinese demand for electric and SUV Jaguar Land Rovers, such a move would seem to make commercial and logistical sense.

Rupert Reid

Pilot and Senior Broadcast Journalist at Panda Radio. You can find him on Twitter @rupertreid