Ford reportedly planned to cut a further up to 1,600 jobs at its assembly plant in Valencia, Spain, after announcing a reduction of 1,100 staff last year.

The company, which employs about 4,700 workers at the factory, told unions it planned to eliminate 600 jobs permanently but was open to negotiate the possible rehiring of the other 1,000 later as it planned to boost output from 2027, a Ford spokesperson in Spain told Reuters.

“A temporary solution could be negotiated for (the other) 1,000 to bridge the time until production of the new vehicle starts,” she added.

Reuters noted Ford had last month said it would start production of a new hybrid passenger car at the factory in Almussafes, in Valencia region, from 2027 for Europe and elsewhere.

The company aimed to produce 300,000 units of the new car annually.

Ford now only assembles its Kuga compact sports utility vehicle at the plant after scrapping other models such as Mondeo there in recent years.

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This was the second job cut plan announced by Ford in two years after the company unveiled a previous round of cuts at the factory in 2023, Reuters added.