Halewood to build next generation Evoque securing future of the Jaguar Land Rover plant
JLR will spend £110m upgrading the Liverpool City Region factory, which employs more than 4,000 people, ahead of production for the new Evoque which one its best-selling models.
Jaguar Land Rover’s next generation Evoque model will be built in Liverpool City Region, securing the future of its factory here for a number of years to come.
When the new model will come into production has yet to be confirmed but JLR told LBN that it will invest £110m into the plant in readiness for the new model.
The Liverpool City Region plant employs more than 4,000 people assembling the Evoque as well as the Discovery Sport, which itself is the fastest-selling Land Rover ever.
There is likely to be an small increase in jobs at the site in the run up to the launch although the company expects employees numbers to remain fairly static over the longer term.
The decision to invest in the future of the factory is a huge of confidence in the local workforce and in the UK against the backdrop of challenging new car sales across Europe and the country’s imminent departure from the EU.
Stuart Lord, plant operations director at Halewood, said: “The decision to build the next generation Evoque is a massive boost for our workforce, local community and Liverpool City Region and continues the great success story of Halewood as the home of the fastest selling Land Rover of all time.”
In a statement, JLR said: “The refit of our Halewood plant for the next Evoque, is proof that we remain committed both to the UK and to transformation and growth.”
Last week JLR said it was producing a special edition Discovery Sport at Halewood to celebrate Land Rover’s 70th birthday. Since its launch in 2014 more than 350,000 vehicles have been sold across the world.The Discovery Sport Landmark is available in three colours: Narvik Black, Corris Grey and Yulong White, all crowned with a Carpathian Grey contrast roof.