Halewood Body & Assembly

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Halewood Body & Assembly is a Jaguar Cars production facility based in Halewood, Knowsley, Merseyside, England.[1]

Halewood was originally opened by the Ford Motor Company on 2nd October 1963 to build the then small-saloon sized Ford Anglia. However it is mostly associated with the Ford Escort - which replaced the Anglia in 1967, and in the 1980s/90s became Ford's main European production facility for the Escort and derivative Ford Orion model until the Escort model was phased out by Ford in 2000.

In 1997 Ford announced plans to replace the Escort with the more radically styled Ford Focus. Furthermore Ford Europe announced European production of the Focus would only be carried out at Saarlouis in Germany and Valencia, Spain fuelling rumours that Halewood was due to be closed by Ford. However Jaguar Cars - owned at the time by Ford, were developing a new mid-size saloon model which was loosely based on the Ford Mondeo. Ford decided production of this new model - the Jaguar X-TYPE, would commence at Halewood from 2001 onwards.

In 2007 Halewood commenced production of the second generation Land Rover Freelander model and a dirt track to test facility has been constructed at Halewood specifically for the Freelander.

In March 2008 the Ford finalised a deal to sell Jaguar and Land Rover and to Tata Motors - part of the Indian based Tata Group and one of the world's largest manufacturers of commercial vehicles. Tata's plans for Jaguar and Land Rover are unknown at present and again this is raising concerns for the future of car production at Halewood.

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