London( CNN Business) Ford is cutting thousands of jobs, ending production of some models and closing a plant in Europe ahead of a possible confederation with market leader Volkswagen.

Ford( F) said it would end production of some unprofitable models and shift the international strategy in difficult regional marketplaces including Russia.

The carmaker said it would proceed with plans to close a transmittings plant in France, and it has started negotiations with unions about halting production of the C-Max compact car at a factory in Germany.