The Vauxhall Vivaro plant in Luton, Bedfordshire
Owner Peugeot Citroen has announced that the new Vivaro van will be built at the company’s Bedfordshire plant.
Vauxhall is set to build its new Vivaro van at its plant in Luton, providing a major shot in the arm to the UK automotive industry.
Almost 1,400 jobs will be safeguarded due to the move and the company expects to recruit more people to cope with the rise in output.
In 2017, the plant produced 60,000 Vivaros. This latest investment will increase the plant’s production capacity to 100,000.
Business secretary Greg Clark said: “Today’s decision is a vote of confidence in Vauxhall’s high skilled workforce and the UK’s world leading automotive sector.
“This investment in upgrading the production platform will safeguard and grow jobs, ensuring the future of the Luton plant well into the next decade and help ensure the plant is well positioned for future Vauxhall models to be made in the UK.
“We have been clear in our commitment to the automotive sector which is why, through the Industrial Strategy, we established a landmark Automotive Sector Deal that will see us working with industry to put the UK at the forefront of new technologies.”
Michael Lohscheller, CEO of Opel/Vauxhall, added: “This excellent news for Luton is also a clear demonstration that our PACE! Plan is being executed across all European countries. It is also a clear recognition of the skilled people who have customer satisfaction at the core of their priorities.
“As we have often stated, we have our future in our own hands and we need to unleash the full potential of the employees.”
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