Ford will continue to develop its UK operations as a centre of excellence for powertrain development and production. A new, next-generation, low-CO2 2.0-litre diesel engine is to be built in Dagenham that will power future Ford vehicles from 2016.
As part of the restructuring of its European operations, Ford plans to close two facilities in the UK in mid-2013 – its vehicle assembly plant in Southampton, which builds the current Transit, and its operations in Dagenham, which supplies the Southampton assembly plant and other plants.
The new engine will be designed and engineered at the Dunton technical Centre in Essex.
All UK separations are to be voluntary: affected employees in Southampton and Dagenham will be redeployed or offered separation terms.
Ford is to close its Transit van factory in Southampton and another UK site with the loss of up to 1,500 jobs, sources said.
The Ford Transit used to be white van man's transport of choice - now the Southampton factory that makes them looks under threat.
Union leaders have been called to a meeting with motor giant Ford amid fears that the firm's UK van factory in Southampton is to close.