Volvo Car Co.'s plant in Uddevalla, Sweden, has cut its ranks by about 250 workers due to sluggish sales of C70 coupes and convertibles in the U.S., the largest market for the models. The plant now employs about 950 workers.

Volvo produced about 12,000 C70s last year, but 2001 volume is forecast in the 8,000-9,000 unit range.

“We are also currently studying the Uddevalla factory and plan to develop the production process further in order to improve efficiency,” says Curt Germundsson, senior vice president-manufacturing.

Volvo also is studying the possibility of transferring employees to other areas within the corporation.