New factory in East Europe a possibility for Land Rover

According to a recent report in the Financial Times, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) could be set to open a factory in Eastern Europe. If the plant is opened, it will more than likely build vehicles based on the new aluminium architecture; if this is the case, the replacement for the Defender looks highly likely to be built there.

Inside JLR this project has been given the name Project Darwin and the codename L663. The all-new Defender will be the main contender to be produced in Eastern Europe; however, if there is a continued boom in sales of the Sport, the lack of UK capacity could also see this model produced there. The Discovery 5, which has the codename L462, could also potentially be built at the new location.

The site for the new factory, according to inside sources, has already been narrowed down to two potential regions: the first is in Hungary, near Gyor, and the second is in Poland. The move east might prove to be more than a little controversial, even though the company's three UK plants are already working at maximum capacity.

The plan apparently indicates that Range Rover models will continue to be produced in UK factories, while Land Rovers will be built elsewhere. There is also talk about moving some of JLR's steel platforms to Austria. Production is already underway in China and there is talk about the company opening a facility in Mexico. Spreading production internationally has become a standard procedure for luxury car makers.