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.



Marking the latest step in the company’s global expansion strategy, after opening facilities in China and Brazil, the new 300,000mplant is capable of building more than 150,000 vehicles per year.

The plant also has a number of cutting-edge technologies including Europe’s first Kuka Pulse carrier system, which improves transfer times by more than 30% over conventional conveyance systems.

The Nitra site has also been future-proofed to allow Jaguar Land Rover to improve process efficiency, delivery and quality through using smart, connected manufacturing technologies, such as shop floor visualisation.

At the opening ceremony, Professor Dr. Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover CEO, said the Slovakia facility marks the latest milestone in the company’s globalisation programme.

“Our plant in Nitra will strengthen our manufacturing operations and complement existing facilities in the UK, China, Brazil, India and Austria,” he adds.

“I am delighted to officially welcome our Slovak team to the Jaguar Land Rover global family.”



The competition which took place at Jaguar Land Rover’s Nitra plant saw nearly 50 students get involved, as Columba Racing from High School Poštová 9 in Košice claimed their third title in a row and will be representing Slovakia at the world finals in April.

Wings Racing Team from Košice’s Secondary School of Electrotechnics and ATG Tech from Nitra’s Private Secondary Technical School of Electrotechnics finished second and third respectively.

Slovakia’s Land Rover 4×4 in Schools Technology Challenge was organised in co-operation with Junior Achievement Slovensko and supported by the President of Nitra, Milan Belica.