Range Rover Evoque to be constructed in Brazil
Top British luxury car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has confirmed that the Evoque will be built in Brazil, joining the Discovery Sport. Production will take place in the company's factory in Itatiaia and the first model, which JLR hopes will be the first of many, is due to be produced in 2016.
This represents a show of commitment to the Brazilian market by JLR and by 2020 investment in the new factory will reach £240m. This will be JLR's first 100% owned facility situated outside the UK.
The Evoque is the company's quickest-selling car and a market leader in its class. JLR (Latin America) MD Terry Hill said: "Since its introduction, the Range Rover Evoque has sold more than 20,000 vehicles in Brazil and we are delighted to confirm that the Range Rover Evoque will be built at our facility in Itatiaia."
He continued: "Brazil and the surrounding regions are very important to Jaguar Land Rover. The introduction of the Range Rover Evoque to our factory in Itatiaia highlights our long-term commitment to the Brazilian market."
Another first for JLR is that it is the first UK automotive company to invest money in a Brazilian manufacturing factory and the first phase of the business programme for the 60,000m² manufacturing complex will create 400 jobs. The plant is almost complete and equipment is being installed to start turning out models early next year.
Jaguar Land Rover's presence in the country goes back two decades and it is now setting up a dealership network throughout Brazil.