Off-road vehicle maker Land Rover has been forced to shed 200 jobs and cut production of its top-selling model because it cannot get enough engines.
A Land Rover spokesman said the firm will have to cut production of its Freelander model because engine maker BMW has refused to raise engine production from 32,000 to 50,000.
Ford, which bought the company after the break-up of the Rover Group last year, had requested more engines in order to meet demand.
The Freelander is now the best-selling off-road vehicle in Europe, but sales are expected to drop 12 per cent to 74,000 because of the engine shortage.
Union leaders at the company’s Solihull plant were told last week that three-shift production of Freelander will be cut to two shifts at the beginning of April.