The latest Vauxhall Astra has arrived at Ellesmere Port

The latest Vauxhall Astra has arrived at Ellesmere Port

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Ellesmere Port is a symbol of England. The town of Cheshire, Ellesmere Port had to adapt because of the 1st, then the Second World War. The Royal Airforce (British Air Force) created Hooton Park there. This site will be dismantled after the 2nd GM and will be sold in 1957 to General Motors. The American group established a Vauxhall Motors plant there that produced the first parts in 1962, then the Vauxhall Viva, the false twin of the Opel Kadett A.

Since then, the Ellesmere Port factory has produced Vauxhall rebadged Opels for the UK (Kadett, Astra, Combo, etc.). But that era is now over. The new Vauxhall Astra, based on the Peugeot 308, is like the Opel version, assembled in Russelsheim in Germany.

Changes on his 60th birthday

The last Vauxhall Astra to leave the factory was, for the record, a manual gearbox Astra Sport Tourer SRi Nav 1.2 Turbo, in “Fire Red”. For the occasion, the factory made a “pot” with current, but also former employees of the house. This facility is coming up for the factory’s 60th anniversary. More than 4 million Astras have been delivered at Ellesmere Port.

For Ellesmere Port now, these are months of change. Production will begin in early 2023. Stellantis small electric cars will be offered, including the Vauxhall Combo-e and its cousins ​​the Citroën ë-Berlingo and Peugeot e-Partner. Vauxhall has another factory in England, in Luton, a suburb of London. Luton produces Citroën Jumpy/Dispatch, Peugeot Expert, Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro Vans.

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The latest Opel/Vauxhall Astra has just been released at Ellesmere Port. Now the factory will turn into a “power hub” to help transform Stellantis.