Job Losses At Jaguar Land Rover In Solihull

Jaguar Land Rover to cut jobs and production – and to blame Brexit

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Despite the reported job losses, JLR says it plans to continue to recruit "large numbers of highly skilled engineers, graduates and apprentices".

The brand, which is the UK's biggest auto maker, will trim production following the sharp fall in diesel demand that contributed to a drop in sales for the British marques past year.

The carmaker said it would make an announcement to employees on Monday regarding its production plans for 2018-19.

The company stressed it remains committed to its United Kingdom plants, having invested more than 4 billion pounds since 2010 to future-proof manufacturing technologies to deliver new models.

New vehicle sales fell 5.7 per cent in the United Kingdom in 2017 - the first decline in registrations for six years.

Earlier this year, it said it would cut production amid uncertainty over Brexit and changes to taxes on diesel cars.

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Halewood is one of Tata-owned JLR's three United Kingdom plants. Production levels at the site, which now builds models such as the Jaguar XE and Land Rover Discovery, will be reduced as a result.

In January the firm announced it would temporarily cut production at its factory in Halewood, Merseyside.

That was 2.3 per cent fewer than in 2016.

Sales of new Jaguar cars between January and March fell by 26 per cent compared with the same period previous year, while demand for new Land Rovers dropped by 20 per cent. A source told the Reuters news agency that 1,000 roles would be cut.

'As an industry in which investment is heavily reliant on forward planning, industry bodies have been lobbying extensively for greater clarity around a Brexit trade deal. Many of them are based at the Solihull facility. In March the market share of diesel dropped to 32.4 per cent, although petrol upped its share to 62.5 per cent.

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