Land Rover has introduced a four-day week at its Solihull plant

Land Rover is to cut production at its Solihull plant and introduce a four-day week. Vehicle production will continue from Monday to Thursday but new owner Tata maintains the reductions will not lead to job losses.

Land Rover Discovery and Range Rover Sport models will no longer be produced on a Friday and some nightshifts, producing Range Rovers, will be suspended from October until the end of the year.

However, Defender production volumes will be slightly increased. The non-production Fridays will be turned into a training day for many workers, who will still be paid.

A Land Rover spokesperson said the move was intended to "redistribute workers to meet demand" and to "avoid stockpiling new cars, which isn't a good business plan."

She also confirmed that the cutbacks are in part due to the financial slow down in the United States and the UK, which has hit the premium car market hard. But despite the economic slump, Land Rover sales in China, Russia and the Middle East remain strong. Land Rover insists the reduced production will only affect annual output by a small percentage. Around 300 workers had already agreed to move from the Solihull plant to Jaguar's nearby Castle Bromwich site, where they will work on the production of the Jaguar XF.

George Barrow

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Car review
    21 October 2016
    Can Seat’s first SUV impress, even with the heavy burden of expectation?
  • Car review
    21 October 2016
    The last hurrah for the current Aston Martin Vantage adds the track-ready GT8 to the range
  • Audi S5 Sportback
    First Drive
    20 October 2016
    New S5 Sportback is more spacious, better to drive and offers a calmer ride than before, but rivals offer greater involvement
  • Renault Clio RS 220 Trophy
    First Drive
    19 October 2016
    Mildly revised hot hatch is enjoyable on UK roads but continues to play second fiddle to the Ford Fiesta ST
  • 2016 Smart fortwo Brabus cabrio xclusive
    First Drive
    18 October 2016
    Mechanical upgrades make the Smart Fortwo Brabus cabrio better to drive, but it’s too pricey to recommend