‘We are starting with the vehicle with the highest demand,’ says CEO Dr Ralph Speth, whose comments were posted today on the Automotive News website. Discovery Sports could follow, but ‘we are starting with one vehicle at first. We have to train our employees and bring them up to speed.’
The factory, in Changhsu to the northeast of Shanghai, will officially open in October, building vehicles in partnership with Chery Automobile due to stipulations from the Chinese authorities that approved construction of the factory. Included in the building project is a new engine plant that will produce JLR’s new Ingenium engines from 2015.
A factory in Saudi Arabia is also on the cards, and JLR has plans for a plant in Brazil with production due to start in 2016.