Nissan on Monday said it would further reduce European vehicle output "to manage volume, reduce existing inventory and prevent over supply to a weakening market".

The latest measures will affect its plants in both Sunderland and Barcelona.

The company will draw on existing 'volume flexibility agreements' with workers and set a number of non-production days between October and December.

At Sunderland, Nissan will have two weeks of Micra and Note non-production and three weeks of short-time working between late October and November.

The plant also builds the hot-selling Qashqai range which is not affected.

Barcelona's two production lines for the Pathfinder, Navara 4x4s and Primastar van, also sold as the Renault Trafic and GM Vivaro, will be slowed between late October and December with a week of no production and eight weeks pf short-time working.

"There will be no further impact on headcount as a result of these temporary measures for Barcelona," Nissan said.

"Employees at both locations will be involved in a number of specific job and training related activities during the non-production days."

As just-auto reported last week, Nissan has announced plans to axe 1,680 workers at Barcelona, prompting unions to demonstrate against a plan they called "unjustified and barbarous".

Nissan said the cuts were needed to compensate for major losses in Europe stemming from falling sales of the Barcelona-made Pathfinder and X-83 models.

Under the plan, the country's biggest cuts since 1993, Nissan will cut 27.5% of its 6,100-strong workforce amid other measures to boost efficiencies. It will make 130,000 vehicles in 2008 compared with 193,000 in 2007.