JLR Celebrates 1 Million Vehicle Built at Halewood Factory

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Jaguar Land Rover announced today that it has reached the production milestone of one million vehicles at the Halewood factory. This comes 12 years after they first started making the X-Type sedan there back in 2001. Ironically, the million car isn't a Jaguar, but a new Range Rover Evoque, a unique example in fact, which will donated to Cancer Research U.
Halewood had been a Ford Anglia facility ever since 1963. In 1997, Ford announced it would stop making the Escort altogether, replacing it with the Focus, and decided to give the factory to Jaguar Car, who started making the Mondeo-based X-Type. Between 2001 and 2009, 363,603 Jaguar X-Type and X-Type Estates were manufactured at Halewood.

In 2005, preparation started for the start of Land Rover production at the facility, which commenced a year later with the Freelander 2, which is still made there. To this very day, JLR has made 381,211 units of the Freelander 2.

The Evoque is probably Halewood's greatest success. Production started in July 2011 and soon after they had to hire an additional 3,000 people to keep up with demand. In 2012, they even had to switch to 24-hour production. Over 220,000 Evoque SUV have rolled off the line in just over two years.
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