Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed that the new Land Rover Discovery will be produced at two European plants, at Solihull in the UK and Nitra in Slovakia, following strong advanced orders for the new flagship in the Land Rover model range.
Wolfgang Stadler, Jaguar Land Rover Global Manufacturing Director said: “The new Discovery is already a hit with customers, confirming our decision to launch this car as the lead vehicle in Slovakia, alongside manufacture in Solihull. This multi-plant approach mirrors the strategy taken for Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport at our plants in Halewood, China and Brazil, ensuring our manufacturing output is able to keep up with strong consumer demand.”
The Slovakian facility, which will open in 2018, will add to production from Solihull, which is operating at full capacity across three shifts, with 24-hour production to support global demand for Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and the recently launched Jaguar F-PACE. Together these models have helped Jaguar Land Rover achieve a year-on-year sales increase of 23% to October.
Today’s announcement follows confirmation at the recent Los Angeles Auto show that the Jaguar I-PACE – the company’s first battery electric vehicle, will be manufactured under contract by specialists Magna Steyr in Austria.