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Jaguar Land Rover to cut UK output amid diesel and Brexit concerns

Jaguar Land Rover is cutting production at its Halewood plant as economic uncertainty and concern over the future of diesel hit Britain’s biggest car maker.
The company’s Merseyside facility, which builds the Range Rover Discovery Sport and smaller Evoque models will reduce the rate at which it turns out the cars.
Earlier this month the company said global sales of all its cars rose by 7pc to a record 621,100 in 2017, though demand flat-lined in the UK at 118,200.
Jaguar Land Rover to cut UK output amid diesel and Brexit concerns

Prince Charles visits the Jaguar Land Rover plant in Halewood in 2013

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It had long been rumoured that the company was struggling in Britain and staff at the plant are understood to have been worried that the current three-shift production line cut be reduced to two, resulting in redundancies.
However, it is understood the lower production rate - set to take effect in the second quarter of the year - will not lead to job losses.
A spokesman for JLR said that, despite the company's record performance last year, consumer confidence has been hit amid a challenging environment for the automotive industry.
He added that “ongoing uncertainty surrounding Brexit is being felt by customers at home and in Europe" where collectively, the company sells about 45pc of its total UK production.
“Add to this, concern around the future of petrol and diesel engines, and general global economic and political uncertainty and it’s clear to see why industry is seeing an impact on car sales."
The spokesman said that JLR regularly reviews production schedules "to ensure market demand is balanced" and that after one of those reviews it would make some "temporary adjustments to the production schedule at Halewood”.
Jaguar Land Rover to cut UK output amid diesel and Brexit concerns

The Evoque is one of the cars affected
The move is part of “rebalance” the number of Evoque and Discovery models in the market, according to reports.
About 80pc of the cars JLR sells in the UK are powered by diesel, a fuel which the Government is targeting over fears about higher levels of pollution it causes.
The move - in the wake of the dieselgate scandal following VW’s admission that it cheated emissions tests - has result in a collapse in the sales of diesel cars in the UK.
Official industry data showed that diesel vehicle sales plunged 17.1pc on an annual basis in 2017 and now make up 42pc of the market, down from 47.7pc a year ago.
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