Land Rover set to up UK production

Land Rover set to up UK production

Land Rover has announced plans to more than double production at its UK plants to 600,000 vehicles by 2020.

The company will extend its Solihull and Halewood facilities to deliver the increased output.

At the same time the car maker is set to expand its operations in China and India as part of its efforts to secure approximately 3% of the sports utility market globally.

In the eight months up to the start of September this year Land Rover sold close to 50,000 vehicles in China and is on track to set up a network of 144 dealerships in the country.

The company plans a £10 billion investment over the next five years, with its move into the Chinese market a major part of that.

A seven-year plan from Land Rover includes 16 different models - six Range Rovers, five Discoverys and Freelanders and five Defenders - with reports suggesting a new flagship Discovery and a "baby" Freelander are in the pipeline.

Other planned new models include a "crew cab" Defender pick-up, a soft-top Evoque "baby" Range Rover and an Evoque of even smaller proportions.

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