JLR Takes Another Model Out Of The UK

Mon 29th Apr 2019

The UK’s motor industry has received another blow with the confirmation that Jaguar Land Rover will take production of their Land Rover Discovery to a factory in Slovakia.

Land Rover’s new £1 billion plant in Slovakia is capable of producing 150,000 vehicles a year and currently employs 1,500, though a further 850 staff are expected to be taken on in Nitra, an area which has a raft of premium car makers already.

JLR announced in October last year that they were moving production of the Discovery to Nitra, and have now confirmed that the new-look Defender will be joining the exodus.

The original Defender ceased production in January 2016, and though you can order bespoke Defender’s in the original style from a company in Poland, we won’t see the official rebrand until later this year.

The move to Eastern Europe ends a long history for the Defender in the UK, stretching all the way back to the first vehicles rolling off the production line in Solihull just after the Second World War.

"This decision is in parallel with plans for significant investment at the company's Solihull plant in the UK to support the production of the next generation of flagship Range Rover and Land Rover models," said a Land Rover statement.

Though the engines will be made at JLR’s Wolverhampton plant, the switch to Slovakia is further worrying times for a company which is increasingly marginalising their UK output.