As Sales Slump, Jaguar Land Rover Moves to Plug Leaks

as sales slump jaguar land rover moves to plug leaks

It’s not oil dripping onto a snooty cobblestone driveway this time around — it’s cash. Following the release of its latest quarterly fiscal report, Jaguar Land Rover announced a plan to plug the leaks threatening its existence.

The automaker cites declining sales as the reason for a 10.9 percent drop in revenue for the three month period ending September 30th, with buyers in China, the U.S. and Europe taking much of the blame. Globally, sales fell 13.2 percent in the last fiscal quarter, with the total volume of vehicles sold by both brands falling below the number of Chevy Silverados sold in the U.S. last quarter. Jag needs to fatten up those seals.

It’s certain that Tata Motors, JLR’s owner, won’t be pleased to hear about the automaker’s pre-tax loss of $116 million. North America’s hate-on for cars, Europe’s distaste for diesels, and China’s current car-buying mood swing all conspired to lower volume across the globe.

Don’t worry, though — there’s belt-tightening in the works.

“Given these challenges, Jaguar Land Rover has launched far-reaching programmes to deliver cost and cashflow improvements,” said JLR CEO Ralph Speth in a statement. “Together with our ongoing product offensive and calibrated investment plans, these efforts will lay the foundations for long-term sustainable, profitable growth.”

The company calls the two initiatives “Charge” and “Accelerate.” Between the two efforts, JLR hopes to solve short- and long-term cashflow problems.

“Total profit, cost, and cashflow improvements of £2.5 billion over the next 18 months are targeted. As part of this, the company has taken action to reduce planned spending by about £500 million to £4 billion per year this financial year and next,” the company stated.

Product comes into the picture, too. While JLR’s long-term future remains hazy (the Jaguar brand might go all-electric), in the near term it plans to launch the electric I-Pace SUV in China, bolstered by the gas-powered E-Pace small SUV. Late last month, the automaker opened its new Slovenian assembly plant, home to the Land Rover Discovery.

[Image: Jaguar Land Rover]

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  • Redapple Redapple on Nov 02, 2018

    I leased a new LR4 years bad. Nice rig. But I Visited the service department more than when i had a new Cheby. Now with the horrid new styling, I have no interest in a Land Rover product. None.

  • BuckarooBanzai BuckarooBanzai on Nov 03, 2018

    What a mistake Land Rover made by attempting to modernize the fine looks of the LRx. The new Discovery redesign is just plain horrible--it looks like a PT Cruiser, with limited visibility for the driver. I will hold off buying another Land Rover until an LR5 model that resembles the old body style is introduced.

  • Kurkosdr Someone should tell the Alfa Romeo people that they are a badge owned by a French company now.The main reason PSA bought FiatChrysler is that PSA has the technology to enter the luxury market but customers don't want a French luxury car for psychological/mindshare reasons. FiatChrysler has the opposite problem: they have lots of still-respected brands but not always the technology to make good cars. Not to say that if FCA has a good platform, it won't be used in a PSA car.In other words, if those Alfa Romeo buds think that they will remain a silo with their own bespoke platforms and exclusive sheet metal, they are in for a shock. This is just the start.
  • Arthur Dailey For the Hornet less expensive interior materials/finishings, decontent just a little, build it in North America and sell it for less and everyone should be happy with both the Dodge and the Alfa.
  • Bunkie I so wanted to love this car back in the day. At the time I owned a GT6+ and I was looking for something more modern. But, as they say, this car had *issues*. The first of which was the very high price premium for the V8. It was a several thousand dollar premium over the TR-7. The second was the absolutely awful fuel economy. That put me off the car and I bought a new RX-7 which, despite the thirsty rotary, still got better mileage and didn’t require premium fuel. I guess I wasn’t the only one who had this reaction because, two years later, I test-drove a leftover that had a $2,000 price cut. I don’t remember being impressed, the RX-7 had spoiled me with how easy it was to own. The TR-8 didn’t feel quick to me and it felt heavy. The first-gen RX was more in line with the idea of a light car that punched above its weight. I parted ways with both the GT6+ and the RX7 and, to this day, I miss them both.
  • Fred Where you going to build it? Even in Texas near Cat Springs they wanted to put up a country club for sport cars. People complained, mostly rich people who had weekend hobby farms. They said the noise would scare their cows. So they ended up in Dickinson, where they were more eager for development of any kind.
  • MaintenanceCosts I like the styling of this car inside and out, but not any of the powertrains. Give it the 4xe powertrain - or, better yet, a version of that powertrain with the 6-cylinder Hurricane - and I'd be very interested.