Luton – Vauxhall built over 58,000 vans in the UK last year, making it Britain’s number one commercial vehicle manufacturer for the 11th year running.
Building nearly double that of its nearest competitor, Vauxhall manufactured 53,465 Vivaro-type vans at its Luton plant and 5,373 Astravans at its Ellesmere Port facility.
Both Vauxhall plants have been allocated new products securing production into the next decade. The Luton van facility will build the next generation Vivaro from 2014. Ellesmere Port was awarded the accolade of lead European manufacturing plant for the next generation Astra, due to start production in 2015.
“We are delighted to be the UK’s leading van manufacturer for the 11th year running,” said Vauxhall’s Chairman and Managing Director Duncan Aldred. “We are very proud of our manufacturing bases here in the UK especially as we enter our 110th year – Vauxhall has been building and selling vehicles in the Britain without interruption since 1903.”
This news comes hot-on-the-heels of Vauxhall selling more vans to retail customers than any other manufacturer for the second consecutive year.
In an extremely tough commercial vehicle market, the Luton-based manufacturer sold over 11,000 vehicles to small businesses.