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JLR has recently inaugurated its first assembly plant outside the United Kingdom with Chery Automobile Company, generic located in Changchu, China.

Jaguar Land Rover is currently expanding its work with its first Chinese operations as the company has just inaugurated the first assembly plant outside the United Kingdom, in Changchu, China, with its local partner, Chery Automobile Company. The facility is brand new and it will be assembling the Range Rover Evoque, at the moment, but starting with 2016, two more JLR models will be produced here. This is part of a 1.78bn USD joint venture investment. The plant has a production capacity of 130,000 annually and vehicles made here will be aimed exclusively for the Chinese market.

The Changchu facility is occupying an area of almost 400,000 square meters. JLR didn’t announced what other models will be produced here, besides the Range Rover Evoque, but chances are that the Jaguar XE, the rival for the BMW 3-Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4 will be a prime candidate, along with the brand new Land Rover Discovery Sport. The Asian country is the company’s largest single market as the company has managed to sell no less than 100,000 vehicles in the last fiscal year.