Expanding JLR ready to produce the Discovery Sport in Brazil image

British luxury automaker Jaguar Land Rover has recently opened its first full production facility outside its UK home base in China. Now it’s already prepped for a second one – in South America’s Brazil.

The producer from Great Britain has enjoyed a new lease of life after being fully acquired back in 2008 by India’s Tata Motors. Now, after opening its first factory outside its home country, Jaguar Land Rover is ready for another overseas facility, this time built in South America’s largest economy – Brazil. According to a statement coming from the carmaker, the first model to be produced there is the all-new Land Rover Discovery Sport.

The 750 million real (239 million euro) plant, with an initial annual production capacity of 24,000 units is slated to begin churning out of its assembly lines the premium SUV since 2016. Construction of the factory, located in Itatiaia in the state of Rio de Janeiro, will begin before the year’s end, according to the company.

Richard Else, plant director of Land Rover’s factory in Halewood, northwest England, said earlier this month that initially the Brazilian production would rely on assembly kits imported from the UK. The new Discovery Sport – which has replaced the older Freelander model – has just started being output at the Halewood factory. The model is slated to begin sales across the European and North American regions early into 2015.

Via Automotive News Europe