In response to slowing demand from the US, Jaguar, Ford’s luxury car subsidiary, is planning to extend shutdowns at its English manufacturing facilities this autumn.
In a report carried by The Financial Times, senior officials said that the extended shutdowns were due to ‘market volatility in the US after last month’s terrorist attacks.’
The report states that ‘the carmaker is to transfer up to 3,500 assembly workers to other duties at its Browns Lane and Castle Bromwich plants, where it assembles its XJ, S-Type and XK models, for two weeks in October.’
Jaguar is heavily reliant on the US market – which absorbs around half of the company’s output. Other European based carmakers have also reacted to US demand uncertainty and lower orders by announcing production cuts in recent weeks.
Output of Jaguar’s new X-Type model, assembled at the former Ford Halewood plant on Merseyside, is thus far unaffected by the shutdown. It has only recently been launched in North America.