21 September 2023

  • HRH The Princess Royal visits JLR’s Halewood facility, in Merseyside, UK, to mark 60th anniversary of vehicle manufacturing at the site
  • JLR confirmed earlier this year that Halewood would become an all-electric manufacturing facility
  • Her Royal Highness given exclusive insight into electrification plans and works underway at the facility
  • Local charity, The Inclusive Hub, presented with Discovery Sport by The Princess Royal on behalf of JLR

Halewood, UK, 21 September 2023: HRH The Princess Royal visited JLR Halewood today for a special diamond anniversary tour to mark 60 years of manufacturing since the first vehicle was produced at the Merseyside facility, in 1963.  

Her Royal Highness was given exclusive insight into electrification plans and works underway at the facility as it is reimagined as an all-electric manufacturing facility.

Local charity, The Inclusive Hub, was also invited to the royal occasion after being selected by employees for a vehicle donation as part of an internal recognition scheme. HRH The Princess Royal presented the charity with a Discovery Sport, built at Halewood, on behalf of JLR. The donation was in recognition of their amazing work in the local community to empower people of all ages and abilities through exercise and education.

Commenting at the milestone event, Trevor Leeks, JLR Halewood Operations Director, said:

I’m delighted to be joined by Her Royal Highness, the Lord Lieutenant, honoured guests and my fellow JLR family to celebrate our Diamond Anniversary year for car manufacturing at Halewood today.

While Halewood’s history began 60 years ago under different ownership, many of our wonderful people have long connections through that era into today’s stewardship under JLR.

We look forward to an exciting new chapter as the plant progresses at pace to an all-electric future building the next generation of vehicles as we deliver our Reimagine strategy and our ambition to be the world’s leading modern luxury car manufacturer.

Trevor Leeks
JLR Halewood Operations Director

Liam Starkey, Coach and Director at The Inclusive Hub, said:

This remarkable donation from JLR will help us provide life changing support for more people who are differently abled and socially isolated.

The new vehicle will help us to give more people access to our fitness sessions, school outreach sessions, mental health meetings, parent support groups and food bank hamper deliveries.

On behalf of the Inclusive Hub, our partners, our members and our community around Liverpool, we thank every single person at JLR for this invaluable and unbelievable gesture.

Liam Starkey
Coach and Director at The Inclusive Hub

During her visit, HRH The Princess Royal also visited the Queen’s Green Canopy Orchard, a spectacular onsite orchard and sustainable eco-system which was planted on site to mark the Platinum Jubilee in 2022.

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Notes to Editors

The first of JLR’s next generation medium-size modern luxury SUVs will be an all-electric model from the Range Rover family, launching in 2025 and built at Halewood in Merseyside.

The Discovery Sport vehicle donated to The Inclusive Hub is valued at approximately £33,000.

About JLR

JLR’s Reimagine strategy is delivering a sustainability-rich vision of modern luxury by design. 

We are transforming our business to become carbon net zero across our supply chain, products, and operations by 2039. We have set a roadmap to reduce emissions across our own operations and value chains by 2030 through approved, science-based targets. Electrification is central to this strategy and before the end of the decade our Range Rover, Discovery, Defender collections will each have a pure electric model, while Jaguar will be entirely electric.  

At heart we are a British company, with two design and engineering sites, three vehicle manufacturing facilities, an engine manufacturing centre, and a battery assembly centre in the UK. We also have vehicle plants in China, Brazil, India, Austria, and Slovakia, as well as seven technology hubs across the globe.    

JLR is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Motors Limited, part of Tata Sons. 

The Inclusive Hub

The Inclusive Hub started in 2016 helping small groups of Autistic children around Kirkdale take part in non-contact boxing and fitness sessions.

As its popularity grew around Liverpool, so did the numbers and range of abilities of people taking part like Downs Syndrome, ADHD, Amputees, wheelchair users, behavioural needs and ladies involved in domestic violence to name a few.

The Inclusive Hub empowers people of all ages and abilities through exercise and education.