Five million vehicles have been manufactured at the Ellesmere Port assembly in the UK since 1962 and, on the eve of the seventh-generation 2016 Vauxhall Astra’s launch, the brand put together a little celebration.
The workers at the Ellesmere facility assembled and arranged 128 2016 Vauxhall Astras into the Union Jack flag, paying homage to storied history the plant holds. The flag was orchestrated and completed in under 24 hours.
The British plant plays an essential role in the Astra’s success, with three million Astra sold in England alone, and two million are exported to 25 other European countries. The plant builds the Astra in only 24 hours, from sheet metal, to final product, but Vauxhall says the process time is expected to be shaved down to merely 22 hours.
That equates to the plant building 680 cars a day, 120,000 cars a year.
Tim Tozer, Vauxhall’s Chairman and Managing Director, said the Astra will always play an important part in Britain’s heritage.
“The Vauxhall Astra has been one of Britain’s best-selling and most-loved cars produced for over three decades. The next generation Astra not only continues to drive this legacy and celebrate the strong British heritage of the brand, but is also a key investment for the home of the Astra – Ellesmere Port – and celebrating the workers who have built the vehicle to world class levels of quality and productivity, making it a household name.”