Jaguar Land Rover first announced its intention to begin production of the Discovery in Slovakia in 2016, but did not mention at the time that the process could involve the migration of the model's entire UK-based production line.
It stressed that it remains committed to the United Kingdom as it outlined plans to invest hundreds of millions in upgrading its plants in Solihull and Halewood to build to the next versions of hybrid and electric Range Rover models.
The company warned that there may be some job losses in the United Kingdom as a result.
Currently, the Tata-owned carmaker has 3 production plants in the United Kingdom, builds cars in China and also has assembling operations in India, with a plant in Brazil too.
The investment, totaling hundreds of millions of pounds, according to the people, could cut both ways.
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"The decision to move the Land Rover Discovery to Slovakia and the potential losses of some agency employed staff in the United Kingdom is a tough one but forms part of our long-term manufacturing strategy as we transform our business globally".
A JLR spokesman said: 'The decision to move the Land Rover Discovery to Slovakia and the potential losses of some agency employed staff in the United Kingdom is a tough one but forms part of our long-term manufacturing strategy as we transform our business globally'.
In April, JLR announced a temporary cut in production and job losses at its Solihull and Castle Bromwich plants, pointing to "continuing headwinds" facing the vehicle industry.
The Land Rover Discovery - in many ways, the heartland of the brand - will no longer be made in the UK.
Last month, the company said fourth-quarter pretax profit halved to £364m on revenues of £7.6bn as demand for diesel vehicles slumped. Sales for the Jaguar E-PACE also continue to ramp up and we look forward to retails of this exciting sporty compact SUV beginning in China in August. The manufacturer said it would also be investing in its plant at Halewood, Merseyside, to build the next generation Range Rover Evoque.