Ford to cut jobs to strengthen European business, eyes alliance with VW
The Ford car company logo on display at a press event at the 2015 New York International Auto Show at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City, New York, USA, Apr. 2, 2015. EPA-EFE/FILE/JASON SZENES
Madrid, Jan 10 (efe-epa).- Ford Motor Co. said Thursday that it plans to cut jobs across all functions in a wider restructuring effort to improve profitability of its business in Europe, which could also include a potential alliance with Volkswagen AG on commercial vehicles, according to a report from the Dow Jones Newswires made available to EFE.
The United States car maker said it is starting consultations with union partners and stakeholders to create a "sustainably profitable business" in Europe. It aims to achieve the job cuts through voluntary exits in Europe as far as possible.
In the near term, Ford said it plans to reduce structural costs and adjust its product portfolio to improve financial performance.
"In parallel, the fundamental redesign will include changes to Ford's vehicle portfolio, expanding offerings and volumes in its most profitable growth vehicle segments, while improving or exiting less profitable vehicle lines and addressing underperforming markets," the company said.
By Max Bernhard