Jaguar Land Rover has opened its Chinese engine plant as part of its RMB10.9 billion joint venture with Chery Automobile Limited. The state-of-the-art facility will manufacture the all-new Ingenium 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine for future Chery Jaguar Land Rover vehicles.
“China continues to be an important market for Jaguar Land Rover. Our sales have increased by 26 per cent during the first half of 2017, driven by our discerning Chinese customers’ desire for new, exciting vehicles. Our new engine plant in Changshu supports our strategy to become a more competitive global business. It will strengthen our international manufacturing capabilities and complement our existing facilities in the UK,” said Qing Pan, Executive Director of the company.
Operations began at Chery Jaguar Land Rover’s plant less than three years ago and since then it has manufactured more than 100,000 vehicles. It produces the Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover Discovery Sport and, exclusively for the Chinese market, the Jaguar XFL. In addition, it has confirmed that the all-new Jaguar E-PACE will be produced in Changshu from 2018.
Globally, Jaguar Land Rover has made significant investments in new technology and environmental innovation in recent years. The start of production of the Ingenium engine in China supports Jaguar Land Rover’s global vision to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency by making improvements in powertrain, continue its leadership in light-weighting and improve vehicle energy conservation – all without compromise for its customers.
The Chinese engine facility includes both machining and assembly halls to manufacture the most advanced engines Jaguar Land Rover has ever produced. At more than 50,000 sq m, the new world-class facility contains a fully flexible production line with 28 robots, the company said.
“The premium, lightweight, four-cylinder Ingenium family uses the most flexible engine architecture created by Jaguar Land Rover, making them efficient, powerful and capable. Our new engine plant incorporates the latest cutting-edge engine manufacturing technologies from Jaguar Land Rover to deliver the new Ingenium petrol engine to our Chinese customers and today’s opening ceremony is another important milestone for the team in Changshu,” said Murray Dietsch, President of Chery Jaguar Land Rover.