The subsequent technology of Vauxhall Astra is about to be constructed on the agency’s Ellesmere Port plant – relying on the ultimate phrases of Britain’s exit from the European Union.
The long-term way forward for the Ellesmere Port plant has been unsure for a while, with Carlos Tavares, the boss of Vauxhall’s mum or dad firm PSA, saying that it wanted to shut the fee and high quality hole to the group’s different European crops with a purpose to survive.
However the PSA Group, which additionally owns Citroën, DS and Peugeot, has now confirmed that it’s planning for facility close to Liverpool to be one in all two European manufacturing areas for the next-generation Astra, alongside Opel’s Russelheim plant in Germany. The present mannequin is constructed at Ellesmere Port and Opel’s Gliwice facility in Poland.
In an announcement, the PSA Group stated that it had been “working arduous” to show round Vauxhall’s fortunes, and stated the choice “demonstrates the continual effort and dedication of Groupe PSA to Vauxhall Motors.”
Nevertheless, PSA stated the plan to construct the Astra at its UK facility was not set in stone, saying that: “The choice on the allocation to the Ellesmere Port plant might be conditional on the ultimate phrases of the UK’s exit from the European Union and the acceptance of the New Car Settlement, which has been negotiated with the Unite Commerce Union.”
Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant opened in 1962 on the positioning of RAF Hooton Park, initially producing the Viva. It later produced the Chevette, and in 1980 turned the primary Vauxhall plant to supply and export Opel-branded machines to Europe. The Astra has been produced there since 1981, and the plant was additionally the manufacturing base for the bigger Vectra.
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