Locally built Range Rover Evoque and Discovery Sport are expected to roll off the production line in early 2016. The new Brazilian factory will benefit from a total investment amount of £240 million (R$750m) by the end of 2020.
Supplementing UK production with the capacity to build 24,000 vehicles annually for the Brazilian market, this venture will be Jaguar Land Rover’s first wholly-owned manufacturing plant outside Britain.
Terry Hill, Managing Director for Jaguar Land Rover Latin America, commented: “Since its introduction, the Range Rover Evoque has sold more than 20,000 vehicles in Brazil and we are delighted to confirm that the Range Rover Evoque will be built at our facility in Italiaia.”
JLR is the first British automotive company to invest in a manufacturing factory in Brazil, with the programme’s first phase creating 400 job opportunities. Construction of the 60,000m2 plant is nearly complete, with installation of manufacturing equipment underway to support the start of production.
The new factory isn’t the only JLR building under construction in Itatiaia, with Jaguar Land Rover’s first overseas Education Business Partnership Centre to open mid-2016, providing classrooms and activities to help local school children develop key skills and work awareness.
Production of the Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque will begin early next year.