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    • Posted: 19/03/19

      The world’s leading manufacturer of premium all-wheel-drive vehicles has a heart. It beats in the UK. Land Rover was born in Solihull and it’s where the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover Velar are made.

      As Britain’s largest car manufacturer, we’ve invested more than £2bn over the last five years at Solihull, and in this time frame, production here has almost trebled.

      Solihull has the biggest aluminium body shop in Europe, employing the latest low-energy technologies, and builds 1,500 cars a day using 10 million components.

      Head north and you’ll reach the home of the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque at Halewood.

      Our manufacturing plant in Liverpool has seen equal levels of growth, producing a new Land Rover every 92 seconds and in June 2018, completing its 700,000th Evoque, just seven years since product launch.

      Then there are our major design and engineering sites at Whitley and Gaydon, as well as the engine manufacturing centre in Wolverhampton, our Special Operations division headquarters in Coventry and a further engineering base at nearby Fen End.

      Range Rover Evoque which is manufactured at our Halewood facility is the fastest selling Land Rover of all time.

      Up to 80% of the vehicles we produce in the UK each year are exported abroad, and with global growth comes the need to produce locally to markets around the world.

      That’s why we also produce the Range Rover Evoque in China for the Chinese market, the Land Rover Discovery Sport in Brazil for customers in Brazil, as well as on Merseyside for 128 countries worldwide.

      Solihull has the biggest aluminium body shop in Europe and builds 1,500 cars a day using 10 million components.

      British roots, global growth

      With the production volume at Halewood increasing 390% over the last 10 years to fulfil demand, it is clear that Jaguar Land Rover is an international success story.

      New international factories including our state-of-the-art facility in Nitra which opened last year allow us to offer customers even more exciting new models as a globally competitive business.

      The first Land Rover Discovery rolled off the production line in Nitra, October 2018.

      The £1bn Nitra plant will free up capacity by producing up to 150,000 vehicles a year, in turn enabling us to plan and invest at Solihull, to prepare it for future Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models. It already builds plug-in hybrid versions of both, but that’s just the start.

      Nitra is allowing us to invest in a new era of UK manufacturing, giving us the ability to manufacture all-new electrified vehicles here and help make the UK a world leader in autonomous, connected, electric and shared technology.

      This is in line with Jaguar Land Rover’s pledge to offer petrol, diesel and electrified powertrains across all of our products from 2020.

    • Electrifying the future

      Back at home, next-generation Electric Drive Units (EDUs) will be produced at our Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton from later this year.

      EDUs are the electric motors and transmissions which will be offered alongside internal combustion engines in future models, and will be powered by batteries assembled at a new Jaguar Land Rover Battery Assembly Centre at Hams Hall in Warwickshire – further reinforcing our commitment to the West Midlands and the UK.

      A new Jaguar Land Rover Battery Assembly Centre set for Warwickshire will be one of the largest in the UK.
      Model pictured is the Range Rover Plug-In Hybrid vehicle.

      As well as opening a factory in Nitra, Slovakia, we are planning major investment at Solihull to prepare it for future models.

      The Battery Assembly Centre will be one of the largest of its kind in the UK, using new production techniques and technologies to manufacture battery packs for future vehicles.

      From next year, all new vehicles will offer the option of electrification, giving our customers even more choice. We will introduce electrified products across the range, embracing plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles as well as continuing to offer the latest diesel and petrol engines.

      Right vehicles, right places

      The 300,000m2 Nitra plant has the very latest tech and equipment including a highly automated paint shop process for the highest quality and lowest environmental impact.

      To complement this, water saving devices and heat recovery systems will ensure that Nitra delivers operations sustainably and efficiently. Looking to the future the factory has been designed with the flexibility to enable smart, connected manufacturing technologies which will support improved process efficiency, delivery and quality.

      It’s the latest success story from a responsible British company with a worldwide role.

      As part of the UK’s biggest automotive manufacturer, we design and produce a range of world-class SUVs. We have expanded to become a truly global business; in 2018 Jaguar Land Rover sold 592,708 vehicles in 128 countries.

      Solihull builds 7,500 vehicles each week, and is the home of the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport,
      Land Rover Discovery and Range Rover Velar (pictured).


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