Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has cut 1000 jobs at its Solihull base this week, according to a new report out of the UK.
Autocar reports the British manufacturer has restricted the layoffs to agency workers, with JLR citing a decline in diesel vehicle sales for the decision.
The company released the following statement:
“In light of the continuing headwinds impacting the car industry, we are making some adjustments to our production schedules and the level of agency staff. We are however continuing to recruit large numbers of highly skilled engineers, graduates and apprentices as we are over-proportionally investing in new products and technologies.”
According to the British publication, Land Rover’s sales have fallen by 20 per cent in the UK, while Jaguar is down by over 26 per cent. For the month of March market share for diesel vehicles dropped to 32.4 per cent, while petrol went up to 62.5 per cent.
However, JLR says it will “remain committed” to its UK factories, which “we have invested more than £4bn ($7.33b) since 2010 to future proof manufacturing technologies to deliver new models”.
In Australia, Land Rover and Jaguar’s sales were down 23.6 and 37 per cent respectively last month, with top-selling models Discovery Sport and F-Pace dropping significantly.