Vauxhall has officially opened its police car factory in Luton, Bedfordshire, a facility larger than any other in Europe. The new police vehicle factory will convert 2,500 vehicles per year to specifications for the United Kingdom’s patrol forces.
The production was moved in-house from its previous location, which created 50 new jobs in the process. Even better, local suppliers will feel the effects, since Vauxhall has committed to locally-sourced content and materials to convert vehicles.
As for the types of vehicles, Vauxhall will convert a large array including Corsa, Astra, Insignia and Mokka, and CVs, such as Combo, Movano and the Luton-built Vivaro vans.
Vauxhall is the number one supplier to police fleets in the UK, sitting at a 70 percent market share. Dick Ellam, Vauxhall’s Manager, Special Vehicles, said the latest factory will only bolster Vauxhall’s position in the market.
“We can deliver a wide choice of car and van models, specifically designed and rigorously tested to meet the stringent demands of our emergency services. We can also supply turn-key vehicle solutions that enable rapid turnaround of replacement vehicles, plus we can now offer a unique in-house de-commissioning and re-marketing service.”