Nissan has scaled back production at its Sunderland factory until Christmas to avoid stockpiling vehicles that aren't selling.
The company will stop building the Nissan Micra and the Nissan Note completely for two weeks at the end of this month, and will operate a further three weeks of short shifts after that.
Temporary work contracts will be cancelled, but a Nissan spokesperson confirmed that no permanent workers would be made redundant. Staff will take part in training on the non-production days.
"There will be down-days between now and December and temporary contracts will go," said the Nissan spokesperson. "It's part of our volume flexibility agreements that allow us to adjust to market demand."
Sunderland is one of the biggest UK car factories. However Nissan has already announced plans to move production of the Micra to India by 2010. The current model is in the final stage of its lifespan after six years on the market.
The Japanese brand is making similar cut backs at its factory in Barcelona, where the large Nissan Pathfinder and Nissan Navara 4x4s are made.