It's becoming an all too familiar headline: Car manufacturer suspends production due to COVID-19 pandemic. You can add Jaguar Land Rover to the list of automakers who have temporarily halted production. The Indian-owned British marques made the joint announcement last March 20 that their UK operations will be paused in the meantime.
Jaguar Land Rover said that they will be resuming the production of vehicles in England by April 20, one month after the announcement. The company has three main production lines in their home country, namely Castle Bromwich Assembly in Birmingham, Halewood Body and Assembly in Liverpool, and the Solihull plant in the West Midlands.
Castle Bromwich builds most of the Jaguar models as the XE, XF, XJ, and F-Type are assemble there. Meanwhile, Halewood Body and Assembly does the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque. Solihull, on the other hand, rolls out the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar, and Jaguar F-Pace.
You might have noticed that a few cars aren't on the list, particularly the Land Rover Discovery, Land Rover Defender, Jaguar E-Pace, and Jaguar I-Pace. The Discovery and Defender are made in Slovakia in a new facility. The E-Pace and I-Pace are assembled in Austria under contract with Magna Steyr. Jaguar Land Rover did not mention if production in Slovakia and Austria will be suspended. JLR also has plants in China (with Chery), India, and Brazil. Brazil and India plants will continue to operate. The China plant, meanwhile, has restarted as the country slowly gets back on its feet.
The company said the month-long stoppage is in line with advice from the UK NHS (National Health Service) and Public Health England in order to minimize the spread of the coronavirus. Jaguar Land Rover said that while they have set April 20 as their date for restarting, they still said it will all still depend on the situation in the following weeks. If conditions are still not permitting, the company may extend the suspension.