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JLR delays Brazil assembly start as Jeep and VW ramp up new

I wonder what's going on at JLR, as another project slips. originally the story was:



"The first pre-production Brazilian Range Rover Evoque has left the line at the new Itatiaia, Rio de Janeiro state, assembly plant 174km (108 miles) west of Rio de Janeiro City. The automaker so far has kept to its planned local output timetable and plant inauguration is set for March 2016."

http://www.just-auto.com/news/jaguar-land-...65972.aspx

and now the talk is of the opening being postponed a little to late April or early May:

"An executive reshuffle, Mardi Gras holidays and the ever worsening economy amid a deepening recession have all combined in this first quarter of 2016 to delay final construction work on Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover assembly plant in Itatiaia, 174km/108 miles west of Rio de Janeiro City. Now opening is postponed a little to late April or early May.

As just-auto has long expected, the the Range Rover Evoque will be the first model assembled locally followed by the similar-under-the-skin Discovery Sport. Both were confirmed by Dmitry Kolchanov, COO, Latin America and Middle for the British-Indian group, in a statement to the O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper.

The paper said Kolchanov expects the Discovery Sport to be in production by November yet spokesmen for the Brazilian JLR subsidiary insist the newer model will follow just after the Evoque, possibly in the same month."

http://www.just-auto.com/news/jlr-delays-b...67233.aspx

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Could Brazil cooperation follow Chery-JLR China JV?

"The proximity of Chery's newly-established Brazilian car factory to the new Jaguar Land Rover assembly plant, scheduled to be opened in the next quarter of 2016, is likely to result in cooperation between the Chinese automaker and its Indian-British Chinese joint venture partner, local reports suggest.

According to Autodata, Land Rover declined to comment but admitted its "always keeps an eye on several possibilities for sustainable development of our operations in [Brazil]."
Chery, which operates a joint venture factory in China with JLR, building the Range Rover Evoque, has a plant in Jacareí (São Paulo state) 180km/112 miles from JLR's Itatiaia (Rio de Janeiro state) factory. Both are served by the same, high-volume motorway linking the country's two largest capitals.

Chery has invested heavily in a paint shop - always the greatest single cost of a new assembly plant - to boost annual capacity to 100,000 units a year but nonetheless has excess capacity.

JLR does not need to make such an investment in its first year of production under Inovar-Auto rules. It would be quite feasible for the new JLR plant, planned initially for 24,000 units a year, to share such expensive facilities relatively close by.

Frank Witteman, newly-appointed CEO of JLR in Brazil, has business experience in China and access to business partner Chery. Negotiations took a long time but the JV plant finally was opened in 2014.

Chery started production in Brazil in 2014, following a spend of US$400m/BRL1.5bn. JLRs planned investment is $200mi/BRL725m."

http://www.just-auto.com/news/could-brazil...68156.aspx

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Wheels fall off Brazil’s auto industry

As Brazil’s congress prepares to decide whether to impeach the president, any citizens still doubting the wheels might be falling off their country’s economic and political governance have only to look at slumping sales figures from the ailing auto industry.

Data released this month by Anfavea, the national association of motor manufacturers, show that sales of Brazilian-made cars collapsed 28.6 per cent year on year during the first quarter of 2016.

Previously, the industry’s woes were hinted at by an even greater decline in sales of imported cars in February — down 44 per cent year on year with just 2,871 imported cars sold nationwide.

In February, JAC Motors, a Chinese manufacturer, said it was scrapping plans to build a factory in Camaçari, Bahia state, where it would have produced up to 100,000 cars a year in a project calling for investment of R$1bn ($265m). Instead, it will assemble just 20,000 cars annually from “knockdown kits” made in China.

Other foreign investors with plans for domestic assembly may also be considering their options. Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) announced plans in 2011 to build a $340m assembly plant at Itatiaia, in Rio state, which was scheduled to start manufacturing in 2016, but it is reported to be delaying the factory launch. However, JLR says the plant remains “on track and will commence production soon”.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/3/c3318a2e-00d3-11...z45mXMDdYH

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