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Will Europe Manufacture the Next Generation Land Rover Defender?

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Published on : May 25, 2015

As per analysts’ reports, the new generation Land Rover Defender is to be manufactured outside the UK. Currently, the automobile is manufactured at Solihull in the UK, but production of the vehicle which is in existence since 67 years will end this December. 

Jaguar Land Rover is speculating at Hungary and Poland to serve as potential sites to build new facility as the vehicle’s successor.

The first choice is Gyor in Hungary; the site will facilitate JLR to have access to a supplier base that is set up by Audi for local manufacture of the Audi TT coupe, and the four cylinder engines from the automaker. 

The second possible location for the new facility for the Defender is somewhere in Poland, although the specifics of the location have not been disclosed.

Jaguar Land Rover’s move to Continental Europe, is mainly due to maximum capacity stretch of the automaker in UK in the production of the Discovery Sport and the Evoque. 

Whatever the move may be, as reported by the company the anticipated change will not happen until 2019 at the earliest, and it will not be based on the 2011 DC 100 concept, the statute that is void. 

At this point of time, Land Rover is considering plans to keep the current Defender in production and alive for non-European markets. To do so, the company plans to move production at some other location once the operation at Solihull comes to an end. 

One probable solution is to start production of the vehicle in India, where the parent company of JLR, Tata Motors is located. To have production in India will definitely reduce production costs.  

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