Land Rover's 16-model plan for the future
The Indian-owned British marque has revealed its seven-year plan which will see vehicle production increase to 600,000 units a year by 2020, 16 new variations, £10billion worth of investment and a major push to take advantage of burgeoning car sales in China.
The £10billion investment will see major expansion of Jaguar Land Rover's plants in the UK - Solihull and Merseyside - and expansion in China and India. Land Rover also has a target of capturing three per cent of the global SUV market.
Amazingly, Land Rover will introduce 16 new Land Rover variations in the coming years which will include six new Range Rovers, five Discovery and Freelander models, and five versions of the rugged Defender off-roader.
Of those models, it's thought there will be a smaller version of the Range Rover Evoque, an Evoque convertible and new versions of the next-generation Defender. A posher version of the Discovery and a baby Freelander are on the cards, too.
The news has come courtesy of Autocar, where Land Rover's design director accidentally revealed the proposed vehicles to one of the magazine's journalists.
Autocar associate editor, Hilton Holloway, who was briefed by company bosses, said in the latest issue of the magazine: "Land Rover is on a roll. It is almost certainly the biggest investment that the UK car industry has ever seen.
"The new aluminium production line at Solihull could produce 150,000 models per year at full stretch, which is the most
profitable operating position.
"With the new Range Rover shifting just over 40,000 units and the Sport about 60,000, it leaves room for a range-topping aluminium Land Rover in a luxury segment that should be able to steal 50,000 of the 682,000 global sales."