Chery Jaguar Land Rover Changsu Plant 01

Jaguar Land Rover, in a joint venture with Chinese automaker Chery, has announced the opening of its first manufacturing facility overseas located at the Changshu Economic Development Zone in China. The plant is part of a RMB 10.9 billion investment plan signed between the two companies in 2012.

Production at the 4.3-million sq ft facility will begin with the Evoque, followed by the new Discovery Sport and another model, which is yet to be decided. The plant is expected to reach its full capacity by 2016 with a production capacity of 130,000 units per year. According to JLR, the vehicles will be manufactured in highly-automated work areas with facilites such as 306 robots, an energy-efficient paint shop and a final assembly line.

Back home, JLR is set to open the doors to its new Engine Manufacturing Centre, with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh set to officiate the ceremony. The new plant will produce the Ingenium engine family for all JLR products starting with the fresh-from-the-oven XE sedan.



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