Bentley will cut 220 jobs from its 3,800 workforce as the luxury brand reacts to falling sales.
Workers also take a 10 percent pay cut from April until the end of the year.
Bentley's global sales fell 24 percent in 2008 to 7,604 units, the company said.
The British carmaker will shut its factory in Crewe, central England, for six weeks beginning in March. Production of the Continental GT will be halted for six weeks and production of the Arnage for seven weeks.
Jo O'Brien, Bentley spokeswoman, said the job cuts would affect all departments and the company hoped they would be voluntary.
"This is about securing the long term future of the company and our ability to invest in research and development for the future."