Jaguar Land Rover to use Magna Steyr factory in Austria
The all-brand-new ‘indestructible’ Defender will be built on JLR’s aluminium architecture
JLR will utilise Magna Steyr’s factory in Austria to relieve pressure on its UK factories while of which searches for a permanent European production site
The brand-new agreement is actually intended to free up production resources in addition to relieve pressure on JLR’s UK factories, which are understood to be nearing full capacity.
Magna Steyr, which operates its own factory in Graz, Austria, already builds vehicles for different car manufacturers. within the past, Magna Steyr has produced cars including the Peugeot RCZ, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class in addition to the Mini Countryman.
While Jaguar Land Rover hasn’t revealed which vehicles will be produced at the Magna Steyr plant, possible candidates for Magna Steyr to build include the Land Rover Discovery Sport, the upcoming Range Rover Evoque Cabriolet in addition to a smaller variant of the Jaguar F-Pace crossover.
JLR has already committed to bringing 12 brand-new or refreshed vehicles to market over the course of 2015-16. At the same time, the firm will invest £3.6 billion on brand-new vehicle development in addition to expansion.
Bringing some vehicle manufacturing to the Magna Steyr site will allow the firm more time to search for its own bespoke European factory. Autocar understands the brand-new plant will build versions based on the company’s brand-new aluminium architecture, with the upcoming Defender replacement being the lead candidate for overseas production.
Although the move to build an East European plant might prove controversial, JLR’s three UK plants are already packed to capacity.
The Evoque in addition to Discovery Sport – both based on JLR’s steel D8 platform – are currently built within the north west at Halewood, which is actually thought to be operating at maximum capacity.
The Castle Bromwich site will build the brand-new XF in addition to the F-Pace, which are based on the smaller D7a aluminium architecture.
Solihull is actually building the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport in addition to the Jaguar XE. Trying squeeze in both Discovery 5 production as well as the expected third Range Rover product could result within the Discovery 5 being made in Eastern Europe.
Known internally as ‘Project Darwin’ in addition to codenamed L663, the brand-new Defender should be the main product line for the brand-new facility. However, if sales of the Range Rover Sport continue to boom in addition to the Jaguar F-Pace crossover is actually also a sales success, lack of capacity within the UK might mean another product has to be made at the brand-new plant.
Autocar understands of which the current thinking among JLR planners is actually of which the Discovery 5 – codenamed L462 – could also be made at the brand-new facility.
Sources say JLR bosses have narrowed down a site for its brand-new factory to two potential locations.
The first possibility is actually near Gyor in Hungary, which would certainly allow the company to take advantage of the supplier base built up by Audi for the local production of both the TT coupe in addition to its four-cylinder engines.
The second possible site is actually somewhere in Poland, though the sources could not be more specific.
JLR sources privately insist of which opening a plant in central or Eastern Europe in addition to moving some production to Austria is actually not a vote of no-confidence within the UK, nevertheless simply a function of the UK plants getting close to capacity in addition to the need to spread its production footprint, following the lead of rivals such as Mercedes in addition to BMW.
JLR already has production in China in addition to is actually currently building its own facility in Brazil.
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