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The new Defender will be produced in Nitra, confirmed by the Jaguar Land Rover

The new Land Rover prototype passed more than a million miles of test.

April 30, 2019 at 11:39 am (updated April 30, 2019 at 12:27) Zuzana Straková, TASR, SITA

NITRA. The Jaguar Land Rover factory in Nitra will produce a new Defender. The prototype of the new Land Rover Defender completed 1.2 million kilometers of test.

The special masked prototype model is ready for field testing with Tusk Trust, a global partner of Land Rover.

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Debut at the end of the year

The world premiere of the new Land Rover Defender is scheduled for this year. By the time the new Defender appears at the end of the year, he will have more than 45,000 individual tests in the most extreme conditions in the world.

"In addition to extensive simulations and testing, we drove 1.2 million kilometers of the new Defender in all weather and extreme conditions," said Nick Rogers of Jaguar Land Rover.

The new Defender was designed and developed by Gaydone, UK, which houses Land Rover's design, engineering and testing facilities.

The Land Rover production plant at Nitra will become the new headquarters for Defender's global production, confirmed the company's management.

The automaker is expanding its production

The Jaguar Land Rover at Nitra is preparing to expand production. He is currently looking for an additional 850 to present 1,500 employees.

He needs them for a second change, thanks to which he wants to produce 150,000 cars a year. A two-shift operation should be a reality by the end of 2019.

Currently, only Land Rover Discovery is produced in Nitra. "The start-up phase of Land Rover Discovery production at Nitra is planned and we are constantly increasing production," said Miroslava Remenárová, corporate relations manager at Jaguar Land Rover in Slovakia.

The question of a possible further expansion of the plant is open to the future, which would involve a third change of work.

For this possible scenario, the automaker is prepared with the intention presented in the Environmental Impact Law (EIA), which expands the logistic space of Material Planning and Logistics and builds a new Powertrain plant for the installation of modules of batteries and large batteries bearing. Phase 2 would allow an increase in production to 300,000 cars per year.

"From the beginning, we said we would do another feasibility study to consider a possible future expansion of the Nitra plant. This could potentially have the potential to reach a total capacity of up to 300,000 vehicles per year over the next decade, "Remenár told SITA.

According to her, the presentation of the EIA is related to the intention to think about the future of the Nitra race if the company decides to extend it later. "Any feasibility study is subject to a thorough business assessment and analysis, and we have not yet made a final decision in this area," Remenar said.

The company's strategic plans include ultra-pure diesel and gasoline engines, BEV, PHEV and MHEV. By 2020, the Jaguar Land Rover will offer the possibility of electrification for all new vehicles of the company.

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