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.
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