European Auto Industry Buckling Up for at Least 35,000 Job Cuts

The extent of the devastation wrought on the European car industry by the coronavirus pandemic came into sharp focus May 29 when a sampling of major vehicle and parts manufacturers from France to Sweden revealed plans for at least 35,000 job cuts.

Renault SA said it will eliminate about 14,600 workers worldwide and lower production capacity by almost a fifth as part of a sweeping three-year overhaul. The cuts in France were unveiled just as Stockholm-based Autoliv Inc., the world’s largest supplier of seat belts and airbags, said it’s also culling workers. And in Germany, BMW AG chimed in with sweetened incentives to get 5,000 workers to leave, while supplier ZF Friedrichshafen laid out plans to eliminate as many as 15,000 positions.