January 10, 2018 at 4:48 PM
When presenting the company's 2017 worldwide sales figures to reporters, Jaguar Land Rover's sales director Andy Goss blamed the UK government and their 'demonisation of diesel' for the 22% fall in sales of Jaguar cars in the UK.
Owned by Indian Tata, Jaguar Land Rover manufactures over half a million cars across their three British factories in Solihull, Castle Bromwich and Halewood. Of those models manufactures in the UK, about 20% of them remain in the UK with bestsellers including the Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover Discovery and Jaguar F-Pace.
Goss said: “We are facing tough times in key markets such as the UK where consumer confidence and diesel taxes will hit us.”
Andy Goss expressed irritation with ministers, including the UK's environment secretary Michael Gove and Philip Hammond, who announced increased taxes for diesel vehicle owners in his latest Autumn budget announcement.
“We have invested billions of pounds in technology. We export more than 80 per cent of what we make. We are delivering huge benefits to the economy,” he added.
Jaguar Land Rover is predicting an exciting and successful 2018 as they embrace new technology; Jaguar's new I-PACE electric performance SUV, as well as refreshed Range Rover plug-in hybrid models are going on sale in the coming months.
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