|GKN plc and Dana Corporation of the US have announced that they have been jointly selected by Land Rover to supply the chassis frame for an important mid-sized Land-Rover.
Chassis frame co-design, development and prototyping between Dana, GKN and Land Rover will incorporate a hydroforming technique developed by Dana.
The chassis frames are to be built at GKN's plant at Telford, Shropshire. GKN's manufacturing plants already produce full frame chassis for the current Defender and Discovery, and chassis components for the latest Range Rover.
This new mid-sized platform is likely to be for the new Discovery, and if so this shows that the new model will be a chassis-body design, not a monocoque like the new Range Rover.
The announcement is also good news for the UK motor manufacturing industry, safeguarding many jobs in the Midlands.