2020 Land Rover Defender To Be Made In Slovakia In Another Break With Tradition

Jaguar Land Rover will build the next-generation Land Rover Defender at its plant in Slovakia.

The facility in Nitra opened for business in October 2018 and has been building the Land Rover Discovery ever since. However, JLR has bigger plans for the plant which will be capable of producing 100,000 vehicles a year by 2020. Later on, capacity will be boosted to 150,000 vehicles a year.

The automaker said it would build the upcoming Defender in Slovakia to make room for newer models at its factory in the United Kingdom. Land Rover has already announced that the Defender would be unveiled later this year, with some reports advancing September as the month of the world debut.

Since the new generation model is designed and engineered in Britain, not to mention that it’s a British institution, some may find JLR’s decision to build it in Slovakia rather than the UK quite curious.

“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,” JLR explained the move in a statement cited by Reuters.

JLR’s decision most certainly will not go down well with the British government in the wake of similar announcements from automakers such as Nissan and Honda. The Japanese carmakers decided to move production outside the country for fear of a no-deal Brexit. Other companies, including Jaguar Land Rover, BMW, and PSA have stopped UK production for weeks after March 29.

British brands such as Jaguar, Land Rover, Mini, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and Vauxhall built over 750,000 of Britain’s 1.52 million cars in 2018.

more photos...
  • Bash

    Well, if that will help make it cheaper.

  • Piotr B

    Maybe it will finally be reliable.

  • Mike anonymous

    I’m just glad they’re doing a 2-Door version.

  • SteersUright

    Land Rovers already struggle from low build quality, is moving to Slovakia really going to help? I’d say pay the Japanese or Germans to build for you at this point.

    • Matt

      Build quality and reliability are not the same thing.

  • Teddy Wijaya

    500eur vs 1700eur minimum wage.

  • Bash

    Absolutely agree. I do not want that. For the sake of it self! Let it have some dignity.

Ford Unveils Their Smallest Ever Pickup, Could Be Launched Early Next Year… As An Emoji

Boasting a 0-60 mph time of never, Ford’s latest pickup could be headed to a smartphone near you.

2020 BMW 1-Series: New A-Class Rival Shows Us All Its Secrets

A huge, 179-image gallery shows BMW’s brand new entry level model in every detail.

Some 2019 Subaru Legacy And Outback Owners Could Get A Brand New Car – Here’s Why

Improper welding by robots may render the issue unfixable, in which case the cars will be replaced .

This 16k Mile, Manual 2003 BMW M3 E46 Is Stunning, But It’s Already Passed The $52k Mark

The owner of this BMW M3 has outfitted with a number of aftermarket modifications.

Tesla Drops Standard Range Model S And Model X From Lineup

The entry-level Tesla Model S now starts at $79,990 and the Model X starts at $84,990.

What Does Jeremy Clarkson Think Of The 2000 HP Lotus Evija?

Jeremy Clarkson says he’d rather own a turbocharged Lotus Esprit V8, of course.

Brazilian Authorities Crackdown On Shop Building Lamborghini And Ferrari Replicas

The shop had eight replica Lamborghinis and Ferraris in it when police arrived.

Former Jaguar Designer Ian Callum Launches New Company For Bespoke Products

The celebrated designer is now leading his own studio and engineering company.

Honda Accord Slams Into Tesla In California, Sends It Into A Guard Rail

The Tesla is probably a write-off while the Honda Accord may only need a new bumper.

Can The Mercedes-AMG A35 Finally Push The VW Golf R Off Its Throne?

Time to find out if the smallest AMG has what it takes against the king of the everyday hot hatches.