UP to 400 more jobs are to go at the luxury carmaker Jaguar Land Rover as the global economic slump worsens.
The company is asking for volunteers for redundancy mainly among manufacturing workers at its three vehicle assembly sites, Castle Bromwich, Solihull and Halewood on Merseyside.
Some jobs may also go at the engineering centres at Whitley in Coventry and Gaydon in Warwickshire. And salaried staff within manufacturing are being invited to apply for redundancy.
JLR chief executive David Smith said: "While regrettable, this is a necessary action to manage our business through a very challenging period."
The redundancies, which the company wants to put in place by the end of January, are on top of the 198 job losses JLR announced earlier as part of its "annual efficiency drive".
The 16,000-strong JLR workforce is already facing short-time working. Shifts have been scrapped at the three plants and shutdowns have been extended as the company cuts output.
JLR spokesman Mark Foster said: "We don't see any significant change in trading conditions in the near future. The environment remains volatile but it is encouraging the cost of raw materials is coming down from its peak.
"The move in the value of the pound has been favourable to to Jaguar Land Rover and will benefit our profitablity."
West Midlands Conservative MP Malcolm Harbour said the extension of the voluntary redaundancy package reflected the current problems facing the global economy. "There is a need to help Jaguar Land Rover through this and ensure the company is well placed for the future.
"The recent EU car industry summit, where I spoke on this theme, emphasised the importance of sustained new model investment and adoption of new energy saving technologies. We need appropriate plans at EU and UK level to sustain research and development."