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JLR cites supplier issues as the reason for the temporary, partial line closure, despite a drop in sales of models produced there throughout the year
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14 December 2020

Production has been largely halted at Jaguar Land Rover’s Castle Bromwich plant due to a “supplier issue related to Covid” causing delivery delays, the company has confirmed.

First revealed in the Guardian on Friday, production of Jaguar’s XE and XF saloons is said to have stopped during last week and is not planned to restart for a further two weeks. However, the newspaper reports that the line is still running for the F-Type sports car. 

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has insisted that the disruption is not a result of reported congestion at England’s ports – an issue that caused Honda to halt production at its Swindon plant last week. That factory, where the Civic is produced, is due to restart assembly today. 

The port congestion is claimed to be a mixture of an increased number of imports of products for consumers at Christmas and some companies electing to stockpile to prevent potential disruption in a no-deal Brexit scenario. 

Castle Bromwich was closed along with most of the UK's manufacturing output during the first coronavirus lockdown in March. However, it was one of the last factories to resume production, not starting again until August. 

The Jaguar brand has been hit hard throughout 2020 from what was already relatively low sales of its core models, the XE and XF. Between April and September, 46,134 models were registered by the brand – a fall of 40% on the same period in 2019. 

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Bimfan 15 December 2020

To me it's just that nobody really wants to buy XE and XF any more, and the only Honda that sells many now is the CRV.

Therefore stop the lines and create some made up story about how it is due to other factors, particularly supply chain issues.

Saves costs in the short term and puts pressure on the Government to get an EU trade deal, all without endangering sales of other models significantly.

Andrew1 14 December 2020
That should be a good exercise for what will come next year.
Just Saying 14 December 2020

One would have thought they'd have at least thrown some wheels and doors on the car shown before stopping!