Jaguar Land Rover To Slow Down Production Due To Brexit, Diesel Taxes

Jaguar Land Rover will temporarily reduce production at its Halewood factory in England later this year, as a response to weakening demand caused by Brexit and tax increases on diesel-powered cars.

Britain’s biggest automaker saw its sales in the UK and Europe remaining flat in 2017 and it expects these conditions to continue, Reuters reports.

Despite this, Jaguar Land Rover enjoyed a 7 percent increase in production globally for 2017, building a total of 621,109 cars.

“Ongoing uncertainty surrounding Brexit is being felt by customers at home and in Europe,” the company said. “Concern around the future of petrol and diesel engines – and general global economic and political uncertainty – and it’s clear to see why the industry is seeing an impact on car sales.”

“Following a review of planned volumes, we are planning to make some temporary adjustments to the production schedule at Halewood in Q2.”

UK is planning to increase the amount of vehicle excise duty paid for a new diesel-powered car, starting from April, which will most likely hit Jaguar Land Rover as 90 percent of its sales locally are diesel models.

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  • Six_Tymes

    how about less demand. blame everything on brexit. I ate my lunch late yesterday because brexit. although diesel taxes, what do you expect? you voted for it. they want you to stop diesel production and go ev. OR, same thing as I said but easier to understand, read DMJ’s post.

    • smartacus

      haha! you evil
      lunch-eater, you

  • DMJ

    Halewood is where the Evoque and Discovery Sport are made. They are reducing production not because of Brexit or diesels (otherwise they would reduce in other factories too), but because the Evoque is a old model riding in a even older wheelbase and all the competitors are generaly better. Volvo XC60, BMW X3, Mercedes GLC, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, you name it.

    • TOMSON

      what is an old wheelbase?

      • DMJ

        An old wheelbase, or platform, is from a Land Rover Freelander 2 from 2006.

        • TOMSON

          so you say wheelbase = platform? hm…no, sorry Sir, that´s no synonymic

  • smartacus

    “and general global economic and political uncertainty”
    they should try tax cuts. It just roared USA back to life.

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