UK Vauxhall workers given hope for future | Industry - Car News Jun 2019

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10:33 Monday 01 Jul 2019

Workers at Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant have been given a morale boost, after the brand’s owners announced plans to produce the next generation Astra at the Cheshire site.

The current Astra is manufactured at Ellesmere Port and at the Gliwice plant in Poland, and is still in the middle of its expected production life cycle.  However Groupe PSA, who bought Vauxhall from General Motors two years ago, is already planning for the Astra’s next regeneration.

A statement released by Groupe PSA this week confirms that it intends to manufacture the next generation Vauxhall/Opel Astra at two European plants.

“The group has confirmed that the Russelsheim plant will manufacture Astra and that it is planned that the second plant will be Ellesmere Port in the United Kingdom”, said the company statement.

The announcement does come with a couple of caveats, however.  Firstly, it is conditional on the final terms of Brexit, and secondly the acceptance of the New Vehicle Agreement negotiated between Groupe PSA and the trade union, Unite.

 

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