Ineos May Abandon Plan to Build New Offroader in Wales

By Gary Cutlack on at

It would appear that whatshisname who's making that Land Rover knock-off primarily as a toy for himself has decided against building the beast on a former Ford site in Bridgend, as he's been tempted by cheaper existing carmaking facilities within the EU.

Ineos is thought to have pivoted to favour buying a Mercedes factory in France, from current owner Daimler, and building the Grenadier there. This has led Ineos to pause work on the Bridgend site and another factory it was planning to build components in in Portugal, with chief exec Dirk Heilmannwas telling the BBC the company is "...reviewing whether the addition of two new manufacturing facilities is the right thing to do in the current environment."

The sort of good news for fans of trucks, if not jobs in Wales, is that it sounds like going with the Daimler site may mean the Grenadier appears a little sooner, as Heilmannwas added: "...we also have an obligation to do what is right for the business -- and so need to assess these new opportunities in order to maintain or improve on our timelines."

The Mercedes site currently makes Smart cars, so it'd be quite a change for any local staff who transition to truck life. [Motor1]