By Drew Johnson
Tuesday, Dec 11th, 2012 @ 1:24 pm
 

Jaguar Land Rover has officially opened the doors to its new winter testing facility in International Falls, Minnesota. The British automaker will use the facility for cold weather testing of both its Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles.

Located near the Canadian border, the facility includes cold testing chambers, snow covered test surfaces, a frozen lake, and a concrete test rack. The temperatures can dip as low as -55 degrees in International Falls, making it the ideal place to test the cold weather durability of JLR's vehicles.

"This facility joins a growing list of Jaguar Land Rover facilities in the United States and reflects the company's commercial aspirations in the U.S.," said Andy Goss, President, Jaguar Land Rover, North America. "Having such a facility also underscores our dedication to the all weather capabilities of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles."

Although Land Rover vehicles have always been capable of tackling winter slush, the brand's Jaguar division is placing a new emphasis on all-weather stability. Jaguar recently launched all-wheel drive versions of its XF and XJ sedans.

The International Falls facility will complement JLR's hot weather test facility in Phoenix, Arizona.