Promises by Ineos to build a ‘British heir’ to the Land Rover Defender in the UK have run in to trouble…
Promises by Ineos to build a ‘British heir’ to the Land Rover Defender in the UK have run in to trouble. Ineos announced this week it would build the all new Grenadier not in Wales as promised, but in France instead. When the owner of Ineos, Sir Jim Ratcliffe announced plans for the Grenadier – which is named after the pub near Buckingham Palace where he first conceived of the idea – the billionaire said: “Our preference is to build it in the UK. We have looked long and hard at possible manufacturing locations for Grenadier across the world” he said in September 2019. “The decision to build in the UK is a significant expression of confidence in British manufacturing, which has always been at the heart of what Ineos stands for.” The new location in Hambach, France. The site’s proximity to Germany was also offered as an explanation for the move, with the Grenadier’s engines and gearboxes set to be supplied by BMW. The plant currently produces the Smart EQ Fortwo, and Ineos will continue to build those on a contract manufacturing basis. Production of the Grenadier begins in late 2021.
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