The new Land Rover Defender will be built in Slovakia

The new Defender has been designed and developed in the UK, at Gaydon, home to Land Rover’s world-class design, engineering and testing facilities. The new home of global Defender production will be Land Rover’s recently opened state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Nitra, Slovakia.

On World Land Rover day 2019, Land Rover announced plans for the new Defender to complete a final phase of field testing with Tusk Trust, on location in Kenya.

A Defender prototype wearing a unique camouflage will experience life at the Borana Conservancy as part of Land Rover’s 15-year partnership with Tusk Trust. The prototype will tow heavy loads, wade through rivers and carry supplies across unforgiving terrain in a series of real-world trials at the 14,000-hectare reserve.

By the time the new Defender makes its public debut later this year, it will have passed more than 45,000 individual tests in some of the most extreme environments on earth. Land Rover engineers have taken the test fleet to the 50-degree heat of the desert, the sub 40-degree cold of the Arctic, as well as up to 10,000ft altitude of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado to ensure the new Defender will take everyday life in its stride, for even its most adventurous customers.

Shannon, Software, Technology


Using ‘Smart Wallet’ technology, owners earn credits by enabling their cars to automatically report useful road condition data such as traffic congestion or potholes to navigation providers or local authorities. Drivers could then redeem these for rewards such as coffee, or conveniently use them to automatically pay tolls, parking fees and for smart charging electric vehicles. ‘Smart Wallet’ removes the need for drivers to hunt for loose change or sign up to multiple accounts to pay for a variety of everyday services.

‘Smart Wallet’ uses the latest cryptocurrency technology and Jaguar Land Rover has partnered with the IOTA Foundation to harness ‘distributed ledger’ technologies to make and receive these payments.

The advanced connected technology is being trialled at the new Jaguar Land Rover software engineering base in Shannon, Republic of Ireland, where engineers have already equipped several vehicles, including the Jaguar F-PACE and Range Rover Velar, with ‘Smart Wallet’ functionality.

“The connected car technologies we are developing will be transformative and truly turn your Jaguar or Land Rover into a third space, in addition to your home or office. In the future an autonomous car could drive itself to a charging station, recharge and pay, while its owner could choose to participate in the sharing economy – earning rewards from sharing useful data such as warning other cars of traffic jams.” Russell Vickers, Jaguar Land Rover Software Architect

Culture and Values


Hardeep’s nomination for Employee of the Month came on the back of his work to bring together a team from across the EMC to raise money for Movember.

An initial target of £500 was smashed and the eventual fundraising total topped £4000.

The 45-year-old, from Telford, began his career at Jaguar Land Rover working on the line in diesel assembly four years ago. Within two years he had progressed to the quality team and now works in quality engineering at the EMC.

He said: “Nine years ago I took a career break from my role as a retail manager to look after my three children. My wife is an accountant, so it made sense.

Joining the EMC on the line four years ago, was my first time working in a manufacturing environment, but I really enjoyed it and pushed for progression.

“It’s great being part of the quality team, as it’s such a supportive group.

“I’d completed Movember a few years back and showed my pictures to the team. They said why didn’t I do it again and it snowballed from there. I was so surprised to win Employee of the Month. The success of Movember was a team effort. We couldn’t have raised the amount of money we did without everyone getting involved and backing the campaign. We certainly have a massive total to beat for next year, so let’s hope even more people get involved.”

Culture and Values


Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver Mitch Evans paid a special visit to Solihull to inspire employees and students alike.

Mitch went behind the scenes at the plant to see first-hand how we manufacture the award-winning Jaguar F-PACE and Range Rover Velar in our state of the art manufacturing facility. Whilst he was there, he spent time meeting and chatting with colleagues on the line. He even got the opportunity to fit the all-important Jaguar badge to a customer’s new Jaguar – supervised by an experienced expert associate!

Later in the day, he met more colleagues from the plant during a special signing session where Jaguar Racing gave away merchandise and freebies. Then, after a spot of lunch, Mitch met students from Harrow school who were visiting the Jaguar Land Rover Education Centre, and talked with them about life as a racing driver. 

Mitch said, “It was amazing to visit you at Jaguar Land Rover Solihull plant and see the hard work that goes in behind the scenes and the technology that goes into developing such amazing vehicles. Thanks for making me feel so welcome!”