Land Rover Output Set to Double at Halewood; in Association with Rensburg Sheppards Investment Management Seven-Seat Model to Help Boost Production
Byline: BY ALISTAIR HOUGHTON Daily Post Staff
LAND Rover is developing a new model that could help double the output of its Halewood plant by 2012, according to motor industry reports yesterday.
The company is planning a new seven-seat model called the Ventura based on a longer version of the existing Halewood-built Freelander chassis.
Magazine Autocar says Land Rover is looking to produce around 70,000 of the vehicles a year - and says that if it gets the go-ahead, total Halewood production could reach 210,000 vehicles a year, more than double its current output.
The Knowsley plant, which employs more than 2,000 people, builds the Land Rover Freelander 2 and the Jaguar X-Type. The Freelander 2 has been a great sales success for Land Rover but the X-Type has failed to meet sales expectations.
Earlier this year Land Rover unveiled the environmentallyfriendly LRX concept vehicle, which has become known as the "Baby Land Rover". The LRX has been well-received by the market and if given the go-ahead by Land Rover is likely to be built at Halewood from 2010, alongside the Freelander, once the X-Type is phased out. …