Range Rover Evoque production begins – in NZ this November

Range Rover Evoque production begins – in NZ this November

Production of the Range Rover Evoque at Land Rover’s Halewood manufacturing plant in Liverpool, England has begun this week.

The first shipment of Evoques for New Zealand will go on sale here in November.

Jaguar Land Rover’s CEO, Ralf Speth together with JLR executive officers, union representatives and employees, gathered to celebrate the start of Evoque production. The first car to roll off the production line was donated to the British Motor Industry Heritage trust.

“The Evoque is an incredibly exciting vehicle that joins a product range which across both of our brands is the strongest we have ever had – and it fits in perfectly,” commented Dr Speth. “The teams that have designed, engineered and built the new Evoque, working together with our research and supplier partners, can be immensely proud of their achievement. Worldwide interest in our new car has been exceptional.”

The Halewood plant is central to the success of the Evoque, with the workforce doubling to more than 3,000 employees in order to deliver the new model. Seventy-five per cent of production is destined for export to more than 170 countries around the world, adding around £2 billion to the UK economy. Moreover, 50 per cent of the components in new Evoque are made in Britain, with contracts worth another £2 billion awarded to more than 40 UK supplier businesses.

The launch of the Range Rover Evoque is one of an announced 40 new products that Jaguar Land Rover will roll out in the next five years in the most ambitious market offensive in the history of the two brands. This product creation programme is supported by annual investment of £1.5 billion in developing new models, engines, technologies and vehicle lines.

Jaguar Land Rover is a huge business in the UK and employs almost 19,000 people, it also  indirectly supports up to 140,000 further jobs worldwide through its supply chain, dealer network and associated business operations.

Click here to find out New Zealand pricing and specification for the Range Rover Evoque.

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