New Land Rover to be built in Slovakia rather than UK

The new vehicle will be built in Slovakia (Picture: Nick Dimbleby)

Production of the new Land Rover Defender will be in Slovakia rather than the UK.

Its engines will still be built here, but the vehicles will be assembled overseas, it was announced.

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) said the new vehicle will be designed and engineered in the UK, and will be unveiled later this year.

A statement said: ‘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.’

The last Defender to be built in the UK was at the plant in Solihull in 2016, ending almost 70 years of continuous production of the 4×4 and its earlier models.

The last Defender was built in Solihull in 2016 (Picture: Nick Dimbleby)

JLR said the new Defender has been designed and developed in the UK, at Gaydon in Warwickshire, but production will be at Land Rover’s recently opened manufacturing facility in Nitra, Slovakia.

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This is the second model to be built at the Slovakia plant, which was officially launched in October, where JLR expects to hit annual production of 100,000 cars by 2020.

The plant was built with an initial capacity of 150,000 vehicles and started by taking over production of the carmaker’s Discovery model.

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