A decline in demand for new cars because of the economic downturn has caused manufacturer Nissan to announce it is to halt production of two models at its UK plant.
Production of the Micra and Note models at its Sunderland plant will cease at the end of this month and beginning of November, followed by three weeks of short-time working.
Nissan said that production of the Qashqai would not be affected by the cuts.
Staff on the affected production line will report for work as usual but will undergo training and carry out maintenance work, a company spokesman said. More than 5,000 workers are employed at the plant.
The company added that the cuts would not prevent it from producing a record number of cars this year. Nissan is the latest motor firm to scale back production in the UK because of the economic downturn.
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