The two GM-Vauxhall manufacturing plans in the U.K. reached production milestones last week, at nearly the same time. On July 4th, the 250,000 Astra Sports Tourer (wagon) rolled off the production line at Ellesmere Port, while the 900,000th Vivaro van was made in Luton less than 24 hours later.
Both Ellesmere Port and Luton have been allocated products future production — the next-gen Astra and Vivaro, respectively, thereby securing manufacturing into the next decade. Both facilities, according to GM, contribute significantly to the local and national economies, with 76 percent of vehicles built for export.
A little known fact about the Opel/Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer, which is assembled exclusively at Ellesmere Port for the European market, is that its entire upper-body structure was engineered by Vauxhall engineers in Millbrook, Bedfordshire, with “key dynamic elements tuned for UK roads” by the same group.