The two people carriers, long rumoured for the chop after years of slow sales across the continent, will be built until the end of June at Ford’s factory in Saarlouis, Germany. There will be a switch to a two-shift operating pattern, with night shift production ended.
Ford claims the measures have been approved “to create a sustainably profitable business in Germany and Europe”. The Saarlouis plant will continue to produce the Ford Focus, with “higher-margin variants” such as the Ford Focus Active and Ford Focus ST to be prioritised in order to improve margins.
Earlier this month, Ford announced job losses as part of its cost-cutting programme in the UK and Germany and an as-yet-undetailed number in the UK while it attempts to restructure its European business and return to financial health.
Further job cuts, possible plant closures and model line trimmings are expected to follow. The American manufacturer employs 53,000 people across Europe, including 12,000 in the UK.