According to reports, a deal to see Land Rovers manufactured in Saudi Arabia could be signed within a month.

Proposals would see next generation of Land Rover Defenders built in the Gulf kingdom and exported to the Far East and beyond. The move is part of plans to focus on building cars from aluminium – a resource Saudi Arabia is rich in.

It comes as JLR continues to extend its global reach amid soaring demand in emerging nations, with a factory in China currently being built and proposals for a plant in Brazil.

The Gulf kingdom’s industry minister Tawfig Fawzan Alrabiah this week claimed the Midland car giant was exploring plans for a plant manufacturing both Jaguar and Land Rover cars.