With Jaguar Land Rover experiencing global sales growth, it is increasingly important to expand our global presence. Manufacturing our vehicles internationally allows the Company to reach markets and customers, creating a stronger, more sustainable and increasingly agile business.
Jaguar Land Rover will continue to evaluate opportunities to increase its manufacturing footprint in the future, primarily in markets with strong growth potential and customer demand.
The company has made significant progress in building our international manufacturing footprint. In 2014 Jaguar Land Rover opened its joint venture in China and commenced construction of the local manufacturing plant in Brazil.
The 50:50 partnership between Jaguar Land Rover & Chery Automobile Company Ltd. is the first British-Chinese automotive joint venture. Located in Changshu (north of Shanghai), the 98 acre facility represents a total investment of 10.9 billion RMB (circa £1 billion). The Range Rover Evoque & Land Rover Discovery Sport are both produced in Changshu for customers in China.
Jaguar Land Rover is the first British carmaker to build a new local manufacturing facility in Brazil and is the company's first wholly-owned overseas local manufacturing facility. The 14 acre site in the state of Rio de Janeiro represents an investment of R$750m (£240m), with the first vehicles expected off the production line in 2016.
Jaguar Land Rover has had a local assembly presence in India since 2011 and currently assembles the Range Rover Evoque, Jaguar XF and XJ and most recently the Discovery Sport.
In August 2015, Jaguar Land Rover signed a Letter of Intent with the Government of the Slovak Republic for the potential development of a new manufacturing plant in the city of Nitra in western Slovakia. The feasibility study will explore plans for a factory with an installed capacity reaching up to 300,000 vehicles over the next decade. Earlier in the year, Jaguar Land Rover agreed a manufacturing partnership with Magna Steyr, an operating unit of Magna International Inc, to build some future vehicles in Graz, Austria.