Jaguar Land Rover has announced production of the forthcoming Discovery Sport will take place at its Halewood plant in Merseyside. Around 250 new jobs have also been created to help manage production of the new compact SUV.
More than £200m has been invested in the plant, while the additional jobs to support JLR’s growth will see the Halewood workforce reach 4,750 – more than treble the number employed back in 2010.
“The Land Rover Discovery Sport is the next in a line of exciting new products to come from Jaguar Land Rover,” said Jaguar Land Rover CEO, Dr. Ralf Speth. “I am delighted that Halewood – and Liverpool – has been selected for this new investment. It is totally deserved, and strengthens the ‘special relationship’ that bonds Jaguar Land Rover to this great city.”
The Discovery Sport is expected to debut at the Paris Motor Show later this year, ahead of arriving in showrooms in 2015. It will be the first of an all-new Discovery family from Land Rover, which will spawn more than the initial three models we first expected. Land Rover states the Discovery Sport will be ‘the most versatile and capable vehicle in the compact SUV segment.’