Land Rover DC100 (Defender Concept 100) front three quarters right

2017 Land Rover Defender (Project Darwin) to be built in Eastern Europe

May 25, 2015

It was just reported that Jaguar Land Rover is nearing a decision on building a new plant in Eastern Europe, in either Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland or Slovakia, and Autocar claims that the plant will build vehicles based on the British automaker’s new aluminum architecture.

It says the 2017 Land Rover Defender (codename: L663) is the first among them and the vehicle is internally known as ‘Project Darwin’.

According to the British publication’s sources, JLR officials have narrowed options down to two sites – Hungary and Poland. The site in Hungary could be near Gyor, so as to benefit from the Audi’s supplier base. The German rival has a plant in Per near Gyor, where it develops and manufactures engines and also makes the TT Coupe, TT Roadster, A3 Cabriolet and RS 3.

Moreover, the next-gen Land Rover Discovery could also be made here.

The report also says that the company is considering relocation of production of some of its steel platform models to the Magna facility in Graz, Austria, in order to relieve the production pressure on the Halewood plant in the UK. Range Rover models are still likely to be produced in the UK only, as they are positioned as more upmarket and luxurious vehicles.

[Source: Autocar]

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