Vauxhall Celebrates Two Manufacturing Milestones


In a monumental 24 hours, Vauxhall’s two UK manufacturing plants, both reached incredible production milestones.

Astra Sports Tourer side view

250,000th Astra Sports Tourer at Ellesmere Port

Yesterday, workers at Ellesmere Port, Britain’s number one manufacturer of estate cars, celebrated as the 250,000th Astra Sports Tourer rolled off the production line.


The Sports Tourer is the UK’s best-selling estate car. Illustrating the depth of Vauxhall’s engineering and manufacturing excellence in the UK, the models are assembled solely at Ellesmere Port for export across Europe.

Vivaro-type van

A landmark Vivaro leaves Luton

Less than 24 hours later, the Luton plant built its 900,000th Vivaro-type van. The milestone van was handed over to the AA, one of Vauxhall’s biggest customers.


Vauxhall is the UK’s number one commercial vehicle maker, a position held since Vivaro production started eleven years ago. The lynchpin of Vauxhall’s top-selling van range, over 150,000 Vivaros have been sold in the UK, including 9,000 so far this year.


“We are very proud to celebrate these milestones at our UK production facilities in our 110th anniversary year,” said Duncan Aldred, Vauxhall’s Chairman and Managing Director. “Our hardworking and dedicated workforce at Luton and Ellesmere Port produce vehicles of exceptional quality so it is no surprise these UK-built models are so successful in the marketplace.”


Both Vauxhall plants have been allocated new products, securing jobs and production into the next decade.


Ellesmere Port was awarded the accolade of lead European manufacturing plant for the next generation Astra. The Luton facility will build the next generation Vivaro, with production starting next year.