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Production of the last-model Land Rover Defender ceased in 2016

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will build its next-generation Land Rover’s Defender 4×4 in Slovakia rather than the UK.

The current Defender model was built at the firm’s Solihull factory near Birmingham until 2016.

The firm says the new model has been designed and engineered in the UK and its new engines built in Wolverhampton.

JLR also says it plans “significant investment” at Solihull to support the production of its next generation of Range Rover and Land Rover models.

In January 2016, some 67 years of the 4×4 being made at Solihull came to an end.

More than two million were made in the West Midlands since the original Land Rover Series began production in Solihull in 1948.

The new Defender will be built at the company’s £1bn plant in Nitra in Slovakia, which opened in October 2018.

The new model is expected to be unveiled later this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show and to go on sale early in 2020.

JLR says the 2020 Defender is now entering its final phase of testing.

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