Jaguar Land Rover Announces Partnership with Magna Steyr
Contract Manufacturing Frees Capacity at U.K. Plants
A few days ago, we reported on speculation that Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) was considering manufacturing somewhere in Eastern Europe over the next few years to relieve stress at its U.K.-based factories that are running at maximum capacity. Although no official confirmation has come from JLR about the Eastern European plants, it has confirmed it is entering into a partnership with Austrian contract vehicle manufacturer Magna Steyr to build vehicles at its facility in Graz, Austria.
The specific model or models to be built at the plant were not named, but it’s expected to be a Land Rover model, as the brand is outselling the Jaguar brand globally by a substantial margin. Following the recent debut of the Discovery Sport, Land Rover is expected to bring the fifth-generation Discovery midsize SUV, and the next-generation Defender to market within the next several years.
JLR is already building vehicles in China, and a plant in Brazil is under construction. A North American plant in either the U.S. Southeast or Mexico is also likely, as the brand seeks to meet unprecedented global demand for crossovers and SUVs. Magna Steyr’s Graz plant currently builds the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, and Mini Countryman and Paceman models.
Source: Jaguar Land Rover