China will be a new home from home for Jaguar Land Rover once the company’s joint venture with Chinese partner Chery Automobile gets under way though that’s several years off.

But there is still a lot of negotiating and factory building to be done before any vehicle assembly begins.

Insiders at the Beijing motor show said the venture would not start making vehicles locally for at least three years but it will be a valuable asset for JLR in the surging Chinese market.

The British company has a 50% stake in the JV which is expected to make Jaguar and Land Rover models.

Strong sales worldwide are putting pressure on JLR’s production facilities. It is currently adding 1,000 jobs and moving to three-shift, 24-hour production at its Halewood Land Rover plant.