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Old August 16th, 2015, 09:21 AM
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"Land Rover will likely pass on SE US auto plant...."

See the link below from the local news here in Raleigh, NC. It appears that at least 3 sites in North Carolina were considered as possible locations for a new Land Rover manufacturing facility here in the US.

http://www.wral.com/land-rover-will-...lant/14828587/

That being said, Land Rover PR has confirmed rather that a letter of intent has been signed and a feasibility study is being undertaken for constructing the plant in Slovakia instead.

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Old August 16th, 2015, 09:27 AM
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Another missed opportunity for US manufacturing. Perfect example for what's at stake in 2016 presidential election.
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The Slovakia facility will be open in 2018 and have a 300,000 capacity according to latest reports. That's plenty of capacity.

Jaguar Land Rover eyes plant in Slovakia to drive global expansion - Telegraph

Auto Industry Newsletter: JLR to open 300,000/y car plant on Slovakia
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I think they are building a plant in Brazil as well.
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In case anyone hadn't noticed, we are no longer a manufacturing economy. We are a consumer economy.
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In case anyone hadn't noticed, we are no longer a manufacturing economy. We are a consumer economy.
Can I get an Americano with that?
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Well...JLR (owned by Tata) has yet to break global annual sales of 500,000 units a year.

In comparison:
* Hyundai has been selling more than 500,000 units annually in the US alone since 2010.
* Honda sold 640,000 units in the US alone in 6 months from Jan-Jun 2015.
* Ford in 2014 sold over 2,480,000 units in 2014 in the US alone.
* GM in 2014 sold over 2,900,000 units in 2014 in the US alone.

US manufacturing is pretty robust, actually.

In my opinion, it doesn't really follow that JLR not building a US plant to deliver what is effectively nothing in the global car market implies that US manufacturing is somehow in trouble.

In Europe, it is commonly known that Slovak labor rates are 1/3 the EU average, along with Poland, Hungary, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, Croatia, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, and Estonia.

JLR wants to do one thing: Maximize profit with the extremely low production numbers. Do we really want a company building cars in the US that charges an hourly rate of 9EUR? (mind you, that is the billed rate, not even the rate paid to the workers, which is lower than the billed rate )
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And we all know a lot of quality build automobiles come from that part of the world.
Yugo for one.
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And we all know a lot of quality build automobiles come from that part of the world. Yugo for one.
Porsche Audi Volkswagen, Kia, and others build there. The Bentley SUV will be partly built there and shipped to England for finishing.
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Another missed opportunity for US manufacturing. Perfect example for what's at stake in 2016 presidential election.
The article was primarily about other states having corporate welfare programs that are better than North Carolina's.

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Porsche Audi Volkswagen, Kia, and others build there. The Bentley SUV will be partly built there and shipped to England for finishing.
Plus it's only 3 hours from JLR's Steyr-Puch partner.
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Well...JLR (owned by Tata) has yet to break global annual sales of 500,000 units a year. In comparison: * Hyundai has been selling more than 500,000 units annually in the US alone since 2010. * Honda sold 640,000 units in the US alone in 6 months from Jan-Jun 2015. * Ford in 2014 sold over 2,480,000 units in 2014 in the US alone. * GM in 2014 sold over 2,900,000 units in 2014 in the US alone. US manufacturing is pretty robust, actually. In my opinion, it doesn't really follow that JLR not building a US plant to deliver what is effectively nothing in the global car market implies that US manufacturing is somehow in trouble. In Europe, it is commonly known that Slovak labor rates are 1/3 the EU average, along with Poland, Hungary, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, Croatia, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, and Estonia. JLR wants to do one thing: Maximize profit with the extremely low production numbers. Do we really want a company building cars in the US that charges an hourly rate of 9EUR? (mind you, that is the billed rate, not even the rate paid to the workers, which is lower than the billed rate )
Yeah but not all of those are manufactured in the US. And the majority are not considered luxury and priced over $50K
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Yeah but not all of those are manufactured in the US. And the majority are not considered luxury and priced over $50K
It just blows my mind how many F150's are sold a year domestically, considering the U.S. Population.
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