TOKYO -- Mazda Motor Corp. plans to cut 250 jobs in Europe and the United States this year as part of a global restructuring plan, Japan's Nikkei business daily reported today.
The U.S. cuts would total 150 people, or about 20 percent of its local workforce, according to the report.
Mazda informed its employees of the job cuts in a March 3 memo. And it has since said that 107 workers in the United States have already accepted voluntary buyout offers.
The job cuts referenced by the Nikkei are the same as those already announced, Mazda spokeswoman Michiko Terashima said. She said Mazda would not disclose layoff target figures or give an update on how many workers have agreed to leave.
Extrapolating from the Nikkei's June 1 report, Mazda would be targeting another 50 or so jobs in the United States. The company had 701 workers there at the beginning of March.
But a company spokesman said today no U.S. layoffs are expected.
"What I can confirm is that we have told employees that we are not planning to do any involuntary separations," spokesman Jay Amestoy said in an e-mail to Automotive News.
Amestoy said he did not know where the 20 percent cutback figure, reported by Nikkei, came from.
Jim O'Sullivan, CEO of Mazda North American Operations, told employees in his March memo that layoffs could occur if Mazda can't hit its cost-cutting goals through the buyouts.
In Europe, the company will reduce staff at its German unit, which is in charge of European sales, by a third to just under 200 workers, the Nikkei said.
The U.S. offers included separation pay, a lump-sum payment based on years of service and assistance locating a new job. Mazda is embarking on a global cost cutting campaign as it struggles to end four straight years of losses.
-- Ryan Beene in Los Angeles contributed to this report.