Vauxhall marked a milestone this week as it built the 4 millionth Astra at its Ellesmere Port assembly plant in Cheshire. Since the Astra’s introduction, every generation of the car has been built in Britain for Vauxhall and other export markets.
The current Vauxhall Astra has been a success in its home market and across Europe as the Opel Astra. It’s also been exported to Australia as the Holden Astra, where it has also garnered positive comments. The Ellesmere Port plant builds 680 Astras every single day.
It’s a major feat as the fate of the Ellesmere Port factory is debated. Most of the 4 million Astra were built under General Motors ownership, but things are likely to change as France’s PSA Groupe implements major cost-cutting measures. The future of the Vauxhall Ellesmere Port assembly plant will likely be decided by the end of this year. Brexit, the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union, has caused major implications for the future production of the car in Britain.