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JLR to make choice on British plant for electric cars

POPULAR: A Land Rover
Range Rover Evoque
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BRITAIN’S biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will have to decide in the next 12 months whether to build electric cars in its home mar­ket, its director of sales Andy Goss said on Monday (8). 

Its first electric model, the I-PACE, will be built in Austria. His com­ments came as the company re­vealed that its sales increased seven per cent to a record 621,109 vehicles in 2017.  

Demand in China, JLR’s largest market, and in the US helped to counter challenging conditions in the UK and Europe, where demand was flat, group sales operations di­rector Andy Goss said on Monday.  

He added: “We have once again delivered year-on-year sales increas­es thanks to a world-class product range and new models such as the E-PACE and Velar, as well as China-specific models such as the XFL.  

“But we are facing tough times in key markets such as the UK where consumer confidence and diesel taxes will hit us.”  

Jaguar retail sales were 15,079 ve­hicles in December, down 7.8 per cent compared to December 2016 as sol­id sales of the long wheel base Jaguar XFL in China and the introduction of the E-PACE were more than offset by softer sales of XE and XJ.  

Land Rover retailed 40,618 vehi­cles in December 2017, up 4.1 per cent compared to 2016, led by the introduc­tion of the Range Rover Velar and the sales ramp up of the all new Discovery.