A bit late to switch from South Wales manufacture to France for spiritual Defender replacement?

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The impressive looking Ineos Grenadier, revealed in pics and “off road” CGI, just 7 days ago, was due to made in Bridgend, assembled from a Portuguese supplied ladder chassis and BMW engines from Germany. Production allegedly slated for late 2021. Now, just a week later, Ineos are seriously looking to build the 4×4 in a Mercedes ex Smart factory in NE France nr Strasborg. Civil work on both Welsh and Portuguese factories has been stopped.

Two questions:
1) Surely for a professional outfit like Ineos, the initial logistics modelling would have concluded that making the chassis in Portugal + shipping to South Wales was risky & costly?
2) Cynic that I am, is it a poker playing “Johnnie Come Lately” begging bowl ruse to get more money from #Welsh and #UK governments to build the chassis in Bridgend?

Fingers crossed the Grenadier will STILL be Made in Wales from Welsh steel.. including the chassis. Now it’s over to our politicians!

Original article here: https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/cars/article-8497591/Ineos-considers-French-factory-vehicle-puts-UK-hold.html

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