Tata Motors’ Jaguar Land Rover puts UK plant on three day week

Castle Bromwich, a Spitfire shadow factory in WW2, is JLRs main Jaguar plant though some KD kit assembly is done overseas

Castle Bromwich, a Spitfire shadow factory in WW2, is JLR's main Jaguar plant though some KD kit assembly is done overseas

Geely's Jaguar Land Rover has put its Castle Bromwich Jaguar plant in Birmingham on a three-day week, ironically, just ahead of opening its new Land Rover Discovery plant in Slovakia.

Sky News reported the automaker said it was making "temporary adjustments to its production schedules" for Jaguar "in light of the continuing headwinds impacting the car industry".

The report said the shorter work week starts in October but workers would remain pay and benefit levels.

Sky News quoted Birmingham Erdington MP Jack Dromey as blaming the cut on a combination of "Brexit chaos" and government ministers' mishandling of the transition from diesel cars.

JLR has invested heavily in a new engine plant and a new line of I4 Ingenium engines in both petrol and diesel forms. All are fully compliant with the latest tough emissions regulations with the diesels using complex SCR/urea injection to meet the latest Euro 6 rules. The Jaguar range sold in UK is currently focused on diesel variants.

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JLR reported sales of 36,629 vehicles worldwide in August 2018, down 4.9% year on year. Year to date volume was down 2.6% to 390,992 units.

Here in its UK home market, Land Rover YTD sales of 52,452 were off 9.48%. Jaguar volume was down 6.59% to 23,155, according to SMMT data.

On a brighter note, just-auto data shows JLR total sales in the critical US market up 3.1% YTD to 77,303 cars.

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