Assembly of the UK’s Land Rover Freelander will transfer mid-decade to the Ford Halewood plant on Merseyside with the next generation model. The Halewood plant is to build the Freelander alongside Jaguar’s X-Type.
At the same time, Land Rover confirmed that it is investing £200 million in plant and equipment at its Solihull site. The construction work, which is already advanced, will support the next generation Discovery and other future Land Rover products later this decade.
Bob Dover, Chairman and Chief Executive of Jaguar and Land Rover said: ‘Given the close collaboration between the two companies, this is a rational business decision. The retention of Land Rover vehicle assembly here in the UK means that this move is ‘job neutral’ – in other words, our objective is to create as many jobs in Britain by this action as we will take out.’
The realignment of production will involve employment of around 1,000 people at the Halewood site and a similarly sized reduction of people at the Solihull plant.