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2015-09-22

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New Vauxhall Astra


  • Management, unions and workers joined forces to win long-term contract for UK Astra plant
  • 2,000 jobs secured in to the next decade
  • 52 per cent of production exported to 25 European markets
  • £70m boost for UK firms as result of EP Astra production, plus 800 jobs across country.

Vauxhall’s all-new Astra has secured 2,000 jobs at the Ellesmere Port manufacturing plant in Cheshire after workers won a long-term contract and a £140 million investment from GM.

Thanks to the outstanding attitude and work ethic of the workforce, the plant beat world-class competition from across Europe to build the new car.

The facility is a significant contributor to the local and national economies building over five million vehicles since 1964.  The factory is a major exporter with 52 per cent of production going to 25 European markets.

At full production it is estimated the plant will build around 680 cars per day and 120,000 per year. It takes about 24 hours to build an Astra, from sheet steel to the finished article, although once the plant reaches its final running speed this is expected to be down to just 22 hours.

UK firms, including those in manufacturing, utilities, construction, transportation and storage, benefit from approaching £70 million gross value added and 800 jobs that result directly from Vauxhall’s investment in Ellesmere Port (source: Centre for Economics and Business Research).

“The all-new Astra is of critical importance to Vauxhall and its manufacturing facility in Ellesmere Port,” said Tim Tozer, Vauxhall’s Chairman and Managing Director. “I’m very proud of the men and women who build this vehicle to world class levels of quality and productivity.”

And this great British success story doesn’t end there.  The New Astra was designed by a team led by Brits Mark Adams and Malcom Ward.  In his role as Vauxhall/Opel’s Design Director, Ward follows in the footsteps of both his father and grandfather who both worked at Vauxhall.

Also looking forward to a bright futures is Vauxhall’s other UK manufacturing plant, Britain’s only commercial vehicle plant, located in Luton, where the Vivaro van is produced.

Workers in Luton won a similar long term contract to their colleagues at Ellesmere Port.  Their agreement runs for 10 years after a £125 million investment that secured 1,500 jobs.

1. MARKET AND MODEL

The new Astra is now on sale, with first cars arriving in Vauxhall showrooms this October after its global debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show ...

2. ASTRA MANUFACTURING

Vauxhall’s all-new Astra has secured 2,000 jobs at the Ellesmere Port manufacturing plant in Cheshire after workers won a long-term contract and a £140 million investment from GM ...

3. DESIGN

Inspired by 2013’s Monza Concept, the new car’s lean design makes Astra look more athletic than ever before thanks to work carried out by a design team led by Brit Mark Adams ...

4. EFFICIENCY, PACKAGING AND AERODYNAMICS

Depending on the model and trim level the new Astra is up to 200kg lighter than its predecessor. The completely new vehicle architecture plays a major role in the weight reduction...

5. POWERTRAINS

Under the bonnet, every engine in the Astra range is new-generation as Vauxhall's powertrain offensive continues ...

6. CHASSIS

As with almost all new Vauxhall passenger cars, chassis development on UK roads plays an important role before vehicles are signed off ...

7. CONNECTIVITY

Vauxhall has always been known for bringing innovations and technology to the mainstream ...

8. LIGHTING

The Brit-built Astra will be the first Vauxhall to get glare-free IntelliLux LED Matrix headlights ...

9. DRIVERS SAFETY AND COMFORT FEATURES

The new Astra is not only lighter and more efficient than its predecessors, it also features innovative driver assistance systems and comfort features to make journeys safer and more relaxed ...

10. RANGE, PRICING AND EQUIPMENT

Vauxhall’s all-new Astra will be in showrooms in October priced from £15,295 on-the-road ...

11. ASTRA HERITAGE ELLESMERE PORT – HOME OF VAUXHALL’S COMPACT CARS FOR OVER FIVE DECADES

For 51 years, Ellesmere Port has been the manufacturing home of every compact class Vauxhall sold in the UK, and is now set to become the launch factory for not only the seventh-generation of Astra, but also Opel versions sold across Europe ...

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