Workers at JLR's Castle Bromwich factory will operate a three-day week schedule until Christmas as Brexit uncertainty continues
17 September 2018

Workers at Jaguar Land Rover's production facility in Castle Bromwich have been told they will be moving to a three-day working week, according to local media reports.

The West Midlands factory, which produces the Jaguar XE, XF and XJ saloons alongside the F-Type sports car, will reduce output until the Christmas period. The fall in production can be attributed to a decline in sales of Jaguar's four-door models, owing to ongoing Brexit uncertainty and the slump in demand for diesel vehicles

Moving to a three-day week will reduce the likelihood of further job losses, after it was announced in April that 1000 agency staff would not have their contracts renewed at JLR's Solihull plant. The car maker employs 40,000 people across the UK, with many more jobs linked through suppliers. 

Last week, JLR CEO Ralf Speth condemned the lack of certainty in the market, saying that "tens of thousands" of jobs could go at the firm if the right Brexit deal is not secured. Earlier this year, the company announced reduced production at its plant in Halewood, Merseyside, where models such as the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport are built.

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A Jaguar spokesperson issued a statement saying that the reviewing of production schedules is "standard business practice" to ensure balanced market demand.

"In light of the continuing headwinds impacting the car industry, we are making some temporary adjustments to our production schedules at Castle Bromwich," said the spokesperson. "We are, however, continuing to over-proportionally invest in new products and technologies and are committed to our UK plants in which we have invested more than £4 billion since 2010 to future-proof manufacturing technologies to deliver new models.”

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17 September 2018

I saw the most perfect 1960s Jaguar Mark 2 the other day and it was so much more beautiful than any modern Jag (or any other really) saloon it made me sad. But this is only part of the problem. In the US, the Tesla Model 3 outsells all BMW's saloons put together at the moment. So what hope for Jaguar, with what looks like a fairly uncompetitive range of rather nondescript non-electric saloons. Not an easy problem to solve without a huge axe falling on the saloon range. But then you're left with low-volume sports cars and a small SUV that doesn't really cut it. How did Jaguar get themselves in this mess? At least they have the i-Pace.

17 September 2018
androo wrote:

I saw the most perfect 1960s Jaguar Mark 2 the other day and it was so much more beautiful than any modern Jag (or any other really) saloon it made me sad. But this is only part of the problem. In the US, the Tesla Model 3 outsells all BMW's saloons put together at the moment. So what hope for Jaguar, with what looks like a fairly uncompetitive range of rather nondescript non-electric saloons. Not an easy problem to solve without a huge axe falling on the saloon range. But then you're left with low-volume sports cars and a small SUV that doesn't really cut it. How did Jaguar get themselves in this mess? At least they have the i-Pace.

 

Saloons are still relatively low volume in the US, as we know in that specific market SUV's and Trucks are winners, and none of them are electric, so to your point Jaguar should be doing very well in the US as they have the E and F Pace.

17 September 2018

First thing I'd do is call it a day with the XJ, the sales across Europe and the US are shocking, they must be losing money on it hand over fist.

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4 October 2018
xxxx wrote:

First thing I'd do is call it a day with the XJ, the sales across Europe and the US are shocking, they must be losing money on it hand over fist.

 

Indeed, Mr Speth better book his appointment at the job centre, now you're in the game!. TwIT

10 October 2018

 

another falling sales story that fails to mention why ... 

Chinesse sales of Jaguars have fallen almost 50%, because buyers there are delaying buying imported cars untill the new lower import tarriffs (that the Chinesse government has already announced) come in to effect later this year. Hopefully sales there will bounce back or even increase.

Of course there is the fall in diesel sales in the UK, maybe flipping engine production at Jaguar over to petrols is not as straightforward as us laymen might expect.

Brexit has effected the economy, with people delaying larger purchases (and companies postponing investment decisions)... the economy has been blowing 'hot and cold' for a couple of years now (well more like blowing "luke warm and cold").

17 September 2018

Jaguar are playing catch up.

Steam cars are due a revival.

17 September 2018
Thekrankis wrote:

Jaguar are playing catch up.

...whilst also leading the way with the ipace.

17 September 2018
Bob Cat Brian wrote:

Thekrankis wrote:

Jaguar are playing catch up.

...whilst also leading the way with the ipace.

 

If they could deliver them they might lead but buyers are being told, after putting down deposits months ago, that they will need to wait until next year. Not of course Waymo, the German taxi fleet and of course HRH The Prince of Wales along with sundry celebs. 

17 September 2018
Bob Cat Brian wrote:

Thekrankis wrote:

Jaguar are playing catch up.

...whilst also leading the way with the ipace.

Steam cars are due a revival.

17 September 2018

Poor management decisions have caused the difficulties that JLR are faced with today. 

They will be happy to see the Guardian today blaming Brexit but the truth is that the management failed to see the demise of Diesel engines. Unable because of ancient platforms to offer hybrid options.

Name any model  today  that matches the success the Evoque had all those years ago  ?

 

 

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