Indian automaker Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd (M&M) has cut more than half of the workforce at its North American unit, sources familiar with the matter reported, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and an ongoing legal tussle.
Mahindra Automotive North America (MANA), which till early 2020 employed around 500 people, is reported to have slashed over half of the workforce. MANA has cut positions across various verticals, including engineering staff, at its Detroit- plant, which rolls out off-road vehicle Roxor.
A Mahindra Group spokesperson said given the current circumstances, the company has combined some of the job roles and has taken the most difficult decision to reduce the resultant redundant job roles. "At MANA, we chose not to bid for the USPS Next Generation Delivery Vehicle program and some of the non-core work has also been de-prioritized. In addition, design and engineering work on a new vehicle code-named Z101 is now completed as the product readies to be launched in India.