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Jaguar Choose Slovakia Unit for Land Rover Defender Production

British carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will schedule the meeting of Land Rover Defender to its new plant in Slovakia to make room for upcoming models at its manufacturing unit in Britain, the corporate mentioned Tuesday morning. The Defender 4X4, which is designed and built in Britain, will be unveiled later this yr, JLR, owned by India’s Tata Motors, mentioned. “This resolution is in parallel with plans for important funding on the firm’s Solihull plant within the UK to assist the manufacturing of the subsequent era of flagship Vary Rover and Land Rover fashions,” JLR mentioned.

That is the second mannequin to be constructed on the Slovakia plant, which was formally launched in October, the place JLR expects to hit annual manufacturing of 100,000 vehicles by 2020. The plant was constructed with a preliminary capability of 150,000 autos and began by taking on the manufacturing of the carmaker’s Discovery mannequin. The British authorities have been cautious of carmakers shifting manufacturing exterior the nation after the business warned that it could face attainable dangers if Britain’s impending exit from the European Union is disorderly.

The dangers, together with delays to the availability of components and completed fashions, new customs paperwork, the necessity to re-certify vehicles and an as much as 10 % tariff on completed autos have pressured carmakers to attract up contingency plans and even briefly shut manufacturing at their vegetation. Collectively JLR, Mini, Rolls-Royce, and Peugeot’s Vauxhall, branded as Opel in the remainder of Europe, assembled more than 750,000 of Britain’s 1.52 million vehicles final 12 months.

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