In August of this year Jaguar Land Rover announced that it had begun investigating Slovakia as a potential location for future production. Today the company confirmed that it will, indeed, move forward with a new plant, to be located in the City of Nitra in western Slovakia.
The Nitra region, including the nearby Slovak capital of Bratislava, is already already established as an automotive manufacturing center, producing premium vehicles such as the Volkswagen Touareg and its platform twins, the Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne.
Reading between the lines, it’s apparent that the replacement for the Defender will likely be built in Nitra, as expected. The announcement stated that production will start in late 2018, which coincides with the expected arrival of that vehicle.
The neo-Defender isn’t likely be the only vehicle rolling off the line, as the new plant is planned for a production capacity of 150,000 units per year. Whether another Land Rover model is built there, or perhaps a Jaguar, is not yet certain, but the factory will build all-aluminum vehicles exclusively.
Construction will begin in 2016 on the $1.5B factory, which will eventually employ as many as 2800 employees.