US car maker Ford plans to cut more than 5,000 jobs in Germany and will reduce its workforce in Britain as well, as it seeks to return to profit in Europe.

The company has offered voluntary redundancy programmes for employees in Germany and Britain, it said in a statement.

This is part of a turnaround plan announced by the car maker in January that would involve thousands of job cuts, looking at plant closures and discontinuing loss-making vehicle lines.

"Through these programmes and other initiatives, Ford of Germany expects to reduce its headcount in excess of 5,000 jobs, including temporary staff," the company said.

The total number of positions affected in Britain is still to be determined, it added.

Ford also announced it would streamline its line up by"improving or exiting less profitable vehicle lines".

Ford Europe has been losing money for years and pressure to restructure its operations has increased since arch-rival General Motors raised profits by selling its European Opel and Vauxhall brands to France's Peugeot.

Ford's turn around plan is aimed at achieving a 6% operating margin in Europe.