Land Rover's India move 'no threat'

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced that it will start assembling around 2,000 Freelanders a year in India, but assured that the move will not have an impact on its UK jobs.

JLR said the vehicle parts, produced at its Halewood plant on Merseyside and shipped out to India, will be assembled at its factory in Pune.

Responding to concerns that the Freelander move could lead JLR to build its other models in India, a company spokeswoman said: "There are no threats to jobs in the UK."

JLR is owned by Indian business group Tata.

Around 55,000 Freelanders were manufactured at Halewood in 2010.

Production of the company's new Range Rover - the Evoque - is expected to commence at Halewood later this year.

The move is expected to create hundreds of new jobs.

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