Jaguar Land Rover has disclosed plans to set up a new factory in Slovakia where production will start in 2018.
Jaguar Land Rover has disclosed plans to set up a new factory in Slovakia.
It seems the rumors were spot on as JLR will indeed open a new assembly plant in Slovakia and the first cars are programmed to come off the production line in 2018. The factory will be established in Nitra, a city located in western Slovakia where the plan is to make up to 300,000 units once production will reach 100% potential.
JLR also analyzed the prospects of opening the factory in United States, Mexico or another European country, but in the end Slovakia was selected as it's near a strong supply chain and benefits from a good logistics infrastructure.
Without going into details, JLR says they will make a range of Jaguar and Land Rover models at the new factory and chances are the first of the bunch will be the long-awaited next generation Defender as a report issued by Financial Times indicated the off-roader would be assembled in Eastern Europe.
Besides setting up shop in Slovakia, JLR has plans to expand its engineering and design center at Whitley, Coventry as well as invest in the National Automotive Innovation Center at the University of Warwick.
Note: Land Rover Defender DC100 concept pictured.