Jaguar Land Rover Confirms Discovery Sport to Be Built at Halewood Factory
Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed that the new Land Rover Discovery Sport will be built at its Halewood plant.
250 new jobs have been created as a result, which will see the Halewood workforce reach 4,750 – more than treble the number employed there in 2010.
The Halewood plant, which is already home to the company’s fastest selling model of all time – the Range Rover Evoque, has benefited from a £200 million investment to support the introduction of the first member of the all-new Land Rover Discovery family. This takes the total amount invested in Halewood over the last four years to almost £500 million.
The new Discovery Sport is the first member of an all-new family of Discovery vehicles, inspired by the Discovery Vision Concept which was showcased at the New York International Auto Show.
The arrival of this new vehicle at Halewood has doubled investment in the plant since 2010. In addition to a £45 million Aida servo press line installed in March of this year, Jaguar Land Rover has installed 260 new automated robots.
Halewood became home to Jaguar Land Rover’s top selling model, the Evoque in 2011. Within two years the plant had produced more than 200,000 vehicles, a record volume for a single vehicle line at any Jaguar Land Rover facility. Evoque sales in May were up 12% year on year with more than 80% of production exported to 170 global markets.
Source: Jaguar Land Rover