A massive building project could see the next-generation Defender being built in new factories in Coventry, according to reports today from the Coventry Telegraph.
The £400 million investment (as yet unconfirmed by Jaguar Land Rover) is being celebrated as a return to Coventry’s ‘golden age’ of vehicle manufacturing.
JLR has reportedly been in talks with Coventry City Council for the last six months, culminating in a recent land purchase. Two further phases of the project could see two new factories built in the region, at least one of them being set up for production of the still-under-wraps Defender successor, the Coventry Telegraph believes.
Jaguar Land Rover vehicles have not been made in Coventry since the Brown’s Lane factory (which produced Jaguars from 1951) in 2005.
A new 62-acre research and development plant is also in the pipeline, to be built at Whitley (unconfirmed and yet to be approved by the council authorities), alongside the company’s existing 55-acre HQ. If the plans go ahead, we’re told that all of JLR's future prototypes could be built at Whitley.