At the plant inauguration, Dr
Speth said that the opening of this world-class facility is an important
milestone for Jaguar Land Rover. Since its launch, one in five Range Rover
Evoques have been sold in China. “Our decision to manufacture the Range Rover
Evoque in Changshu is a result of our commitment to bringing more Chinese
vehicles to Chinese customers,” he said.
Yin added that Chery Jaguar
Land Rover remains committed to delivering excellence in its quest to lead the
Chinese premium automotive industry through its historic British lineage,
world-class quality and unique shared value approach.
By 2016, the facility is expected
to be building three Jaguar Land Rover models with total production capacity of
130,000 units a year. Those vehicles will be manufactured in highly-automated
press shops – including cutting-edge aluminium and steel technologies – along
with a steel body shop comprising 306 robots, an energy-efficient paint shop
and an ergonomically-friendly final assembly line. A new aluminium body shop, the first in
China, is already under construction, at the Changshu facility, to support the
introduction of new Jaguar products.
Chris Bryant, President of
Chery Jaguar Land Rover joint, said:
“The plant opening marks the completion of our start-up phase of which
we are incredibly proud, and now we will continue to build with the same
passion and pride, to realise our goal to be the premium automotive
manufacturer inspiring excellence in China’s automotive industry."
Significant investment has
also been committed to training more than 2,000 new people in health and safety
standards, process systems and problem-solving, as well as the company’s
quality-control processes and corporate culture.