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Ford to cut 1,400 jobs in North America, Asia

AFP  |  New York 

plans to cut 1,400 jobs in North America and as part of a cost-cutting drive as the American auto boom shows signs of fatigue, the automaker said today.

The job cuts are expected to be voluntary through the use of early retirement and separation packages, a spokesman said.

is striving to become "as lean and efficient as possible" and targeting a 10 per cent reduction of salary costs and staffing in North America and Pacific, the spokesman added.

The move comes as the multi-year US auto boom begins to ebb. US auto sales in April fell about five per cent compared with a the year-ago period.

Ford and other carmakers have faced special challenges trying to unload sedans and other small cars in the United States, where sport utility vehicles and trucks remain popular.

Ford is aiming to cut USD 3 billion in costs in 2017, a person close to the matter told AFP. At the same time, Ford is investing heavily in autonomous driving and other newer technologies.

The auto giant will release details to employees about separation packages in early June and workers will leave by the end of September, the company said.

The job cuts come as Ford chief executive Mark Fields faces pressure to boost Ford's stock price, which has lost more than 30 per cent of its value since Fields took the top job in May 2014.

Ford shares fell 0.4 per cent in pre-market trading to USD 10.90.

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First Published: Wed, May 17 2017. 20:32 IST