JLR has just launched the second cohort of the Inspiring Tomorrows Workforce training programme in Itatiaia. Of those who have successfully completed the first course, around 60% are now working for the automaker in Brazil

JLR has just launched the second cohort of the 'Inspiring Tomorrow's Workforce' training programme in Itatiaia. Of those who have successfully completed the first course, around 60% are now working for the automaker in Brazil

Jaguar Land Rover has (finally) confirmed that the Range Rover Evoque would join the Land Rover Discovery Sport in assembly at its new factory in Itatiaia, Brazil - as first reported by just-auto last May. The first locally made Evoque - a model line that accounts for about 60% of JLR sales in Brazil - is expected off line early in 2016.

The new factory, which will see a total investment of BRL750m (GBP240m) by the end of 2020, will supplement UK production and have the capacity to assemble around 24,000 vehicles annually for Brazil. This will be Jaguar Land Rover's first wholly-owned manufacturing plant outside the UK.

The Evoque has been updated for the 2016 model year with new design features and technology.

Terry Hill, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover Latin America, said: "Since its introduction, the Evoque has sold more than 20,000 vehicles in Brazil and we are delighted to confirm [it] will be built at our facility in Itatiaia."

"Brazil and the surrounding regions are very important to Jaguar Land Rover. The introduction of the Evoque to our factory in Itatiaia highlights our long-term commitment to the Brazilian market."

Jaguar Land Rover is the first British automotive company to invest in a factory in Brazil. In the programme's first phase, the 60,000m² factory will employ 400 people. With construction of the plant nearing completion, the automaker is now installing the manufacturing equipment to support the start of production in early 2016.

It has just launched the second cohort of the 'Inspiring Tomorrow's Workforce' training programme in Itatiaia. Of those who have successfully completed the first course, around 60% are now working for JLR there. In conjunction with the Brazilian training provider SENAI, the programme offers work experience, training and employability qualifications for unemployed 17 - 26 year olds to prepare them for employment in the automotive industry.

The automaker will source components from local suppliers, such as Benteler and IAC, as well as importing some parts from its global supply chain. It will aso help suppliers support increased local content levels in future.

JLR has operated in Brazil for 20 years and has 40 dealers there.

Earlier report: BRAZIL: JLR to start assembly with Evoque in second quarter 2016

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Jaguar Land Rover Confirms The Range Rover Evoque For Its Brazilian Facility
Itatiaia, Rio de Janeiro - Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed that the Range Rover Evoque will join the Discovery Sport in production at its new local manufacturing facility in Itatiaia, Brazil. The first locally built Range Rover Evoque is expected to come off the production line in early 2016.

The new factory, which will see a total investment of R$750m (£240m) by the end of 2020, will supplement UK production and have the capacity to build around 24,000 vehicles annually for the Brazilian market. It will be Jaguar Land Rover's first wholly-owned manufacturing plant outside of the United Kingdom.
With the introduction of the 16MY Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover has strengthened its fastest-selling model. The luxury compact SUV features a comprehensive range of new design features and technologies to reinforce its status as the market leader.
Terry Hill, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover Latin America, commented: "Since its introduction, the Range Rover Evoque has sold more than 20,000 vehicles in Brazil and we are delighted to confirm that the Range Rover Evoque will be built at our facility in Itatiaia."
"Brazil and the surrounding regions are very important to Jaguar Land Rover. The introduction of the Range Rover Evoque to our factory in Itatiaia highlights our long-term commitment to the Brazilian market."
Jaguar Land Rover is the first British automotive company to invest in a manufacturing factory in Brazil. In the programme's first phase, the new 60,000m² manufacturing facility in Itatiaia will create employment for 400 people. With construction of the plant nearing completion, Jaguar Land Rover is now installing the manufacturing equipment to support the start of production in early 2016.
Jaguar Land Rover's first overseas Education Business Partnership Centre will open in Itatiaia in mid-2016 providing a range of classroom activities to help local school children develop key skills, work awareness and inspire them to pursue rewarding careers at Jaguar Land Rover in the future.
Jaguar Land Rover works closely with the local people living nearby its manufacturing facilities around the world and, during the construction phase of the programme in Brazil, Jaguar Land Rover forged strong links with the communities in both Itatiaia and nearby Resende.
Jaguar Land Rover has just launched the second cohort of the 'Inspiring Tomorrow's Workforce' training programme in Itatiaia. Of those who have successfully completed the first course, around 60% are now working for Jaguar Land Rover in Itatiaia. Working in conjunction with the Brazilian training provider SENAI, the programme offers work experience, training and employability qualifications for unemployed 17 - 26 year olds to prepare them for employment in the automotive industry.
Jaguar Land Rover is involved in a range of other initiatives including Try Rugby, Music is the Winner and Reading History for Children.
As part of its on-going commitment to the Brazilian automotive industry, Jaguar Land Rover will be sourcing a range of components from local suppliers, such as Benteler and IAC, as well as importing some parts from its global supply chain. In addition, Jaguar Land Rover is investing in its technical assistance services to help suppliers support increased levels of localisation in the future.
Jaguar Land Rover has had a presence in Brazil for more than 20 years. The Company is currently investing in its dealer network and has over 40 dealers throughout Brazil. In December 2014, the company laid its foundation stone of the local plant in Itatiaia, south of Rio de Janeiro State, ready for production to begin in early 2016.
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Notes to editors:
Jaguar Land Rover:

In 2015/16 Jaguar Land Rover will spend £3.6 billion on new vehicle creation and capital expenditure. In the same period, the company will launch 12 new and refreshed vehicles from its UK plants, such as the Jaguar F-PACE at Solihull.
Jaguar Land Rover has three vehicle manufacturing facilities and a new Engine Manufacturing Centre in the UK:
- Castle Bromwich is home to the Jaguar XF, Jaguar XJ and Jaguar F-TYPE, employing 3,500 people.
- Halewood is home to the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport, employing 4,500 people.
- Solihull is home to the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Land Rover Discovery, Land Rover Defender and the Jaguar XE, employing 9,000 people. 
- The Engine Manufacturing Centre is home to the 'Ingenium' engine family, starting with the 2.0 litre diesel in the Jaguar XE. It will employ 1,400 people.
Jaguar Land Rover has two overseas manufacturing facilities and a local assembly presence in India:
- Chery Jaguar Land Rover, its joint venture in China, produces the Range Rover Evoque and employs more than 2,500 people.
- Brazil will be the company's first wholly owned overseas manufacturing plant. It will be operational in early 2016 and will produce the Discovery Sport. It will employ circa 400 people.
- Jaguar Land Rover has had a local assembly presence in India since 2011 and currently assembles the Range Rover Evoque, Jaguar XF and XJ. 
- Jaguar Land Rover has signed a contract manufacturing agreement with Magna Steyr in Austria.
In 2014, Jaguar Land Rover sold 462,678 vehicles, up 9%. Of that, Jaguar sold 81,570 vehicles and Land Rover sold 381,108 vehicles.

Original source: http://newsroom.jaguarlandrover.com/en-in/jlr-corp/news/2015/09/jlr_evq_brazil_announcement_021015/

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