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Jaguar Land Rover to cut production on falling China demand

by Drew Johnson

The automaker will shutter one of its UK plants for two weeks.

Jaguar Land Rover will temporarily shutter its Solihull plant later this month in response to slumping demand from China. JLR says the Solihull will remained closed for two weeks.Jaguar Land Rover's sales have dropped moderately across the entire globe this year, but the automaker's sales have fallen off a cliff in China, where sales were down 46.2 percent last month. JLR blames the dramatic slow down in China on market uncertainties stemming from the country's trade feud with the United States."As a business we are continuing to experience challenging conditions in some of our key markets," said Felix Brautigam, JLR chief commercial officer. "Customer demand in China in particular has struggled to recover following changes in import tariffs in July and intensifying competition on price, while ongoing global negotiations on potential trade agreements have dampened purchase considerations."In addition to the Solihull shut down, JLR will also move to a three-day work week at its Castle Bromwich from October until the start of December.