Ford's Land Rover unit is to cut about 1,000 jobs at its British Solihull manufacturing plant near Birmingham next year as it seeks further cost savings, Reuters reported. Citing a company spokeswoman, Reuters said the UK-based maker of SUVs and offroad vehicles plans to avoid forced redundancies and will rely on natural wastage to reduce its workforce by about 12% at the plant in Britain's West Midlands region over the course of 2003.