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Report: Ford Australia job losses، as VW joint venture ramps up

Thursday 24/January/2019 - 10:48 AM
Sada El Balad
According to a report by CarAdvice website، Ford will axe more than 200 jobs locally as part of a global restructure of the company’s engineering divisions، however Australia will retain a key role in the recently-signed joint development of the next generation Ranger and Volkswagen Amarok utes.

Approximately 90 contractors، 75 hourly workers and 40 salaried workers will lose their jobs but Ford Australia will retain about 1700 design and engineering staff، the largest workforce of its type in the country.

Combined with approximately 300 head office workers، Ford says it will still employ more than 2000 people locally.

The job losses affect certain powertrain and chassis engineers whose roles have been moved to Detroit and other engineering bases.

The changes are part of Ford’s decision to move to one global “body-on-frame” ute architecture، which means that the next generation F-Series due next decade will likely share its underpinnings with the Ranger that’s still a whole generation away، due in the late 2020s or beyond.

A statement from Ford said: “As part of those changes، elements of the Ranger platform will integrate with Ford’s single، global body-on-frame flexible architecture، which will be led out of the United States. Certain powertrain… systems currently engineered in Australia will move to other powertrain sites globally، enabling complexity reduction and scale efficiencies."

In the meantime، Ford and Volkswagen are ramping up development of the next Ranger and Amarok likely to be due in 2021. They will be twins under the skin، based on a revised version of the current T6 platform before eventually shifting to Ford's new global architecture in the generation that follows.

Edited By: Rabea Yehia


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