Nissan said it will idle around 2,000 workers at its van and SUV assembly plant in Barcelona and its stamping plant in nearby Montcada because of falling demand for its vehicles.


The company has informed workers’ representatives of the plan, which would affect factory workers at the two plants on a rotating basis between September and the end of the year, a company spokeswoman said.


Last month, Nissan dismissed nearly 700 workers in Spain as part of its global restructuring. The company had planned to cut 1,680 jobs but relented in the face of protests by workers and pressure from the regional government.


New car sales in Spain have been up to 40% down this year versus last year when they plunged a record 28% as the country fell into its first recession in 15 years.