Nov 5, 2008

Jaguar-Land Rover to cut another 400 jobs

Jaguar-Land Rover anticipates all 400 spots will be filled by volunteers

Since Tata purchased Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford earlier this year, things have been looking decidedly up for both brands. Jaguar even posted its first sales increase in two years in May, largely as a result of the successful XF debut. Now, however, the realities of the global economy are catching up with the company as it faces another 400 job cuts on top of those already announced this year.

The previous cutback eliminated two shifts at the Solihull production facility, and this time both the Solihull and Merseyside plants will be affected. The Merseyside Halewood facility is expected to be idled for at least a week next month to help draw down production of the X-Type and Land Rover Freelander, reports The Telegraph.

Company officials see little trouble in securing volunteers for the new round of job cuts since the previous round was "heavily over-subscribed," according to Mark Foster, a Jaguar-Land Rover spokesperson.

Despite the tough conditions - with no end in sight - Jaguar is planning a range of new models to help rejuvenate its product lineup and move its image back up-market. Some of those cars
include an XF-R version of the XF sedan, a facelifted XKR, and an all-new generation of the legendary-but-aging XJ.