It’s the end of a glorious era – the very last Vauxhall Vivaro of the current generation has left the Luton production line.
Since Ford closed its Transit production line Southampton, the Vauxhall Vivaro plant is the last UK van factory still working.
And now the hard-working staff there are gearing up to produce the new Vauxhall Vivaro.
Vauxhall Vivaro will secure factory future
Since 2001, the workforce have produced nearly one million Vauxhall Vivaros – and more than eight million vehicles have rolled off the production line since 1905.
Indeed, the actual number of Vauxhall Vivaro vans produced in Luton is 957,107 and the all-new van has led to a major £185million investment in the plant.
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That means 1,200 jobs have been secured and from next Jaunray a second shift will create 250 new jobs to help meet demand for the firm’s impressive new van.
Tim Tozer, Vauxhall’s MD, said: “The Vivaro is important to Vauxhall and the current model has been a huge success.”
The Vauxhall Vivaro in the photograph will now take pride of place in the firm’s heritage centre at its Griffin House HQ in Luton.
Vauxhall have also announced its refreshed Premier Van Centre will now be within a 30 minute drive for all customers.
This means that Vauxhall van fleet clients can minimise downtime and use the centre’s diagnostics facilities without an appointment.
Vauxhall also say they will collect and deliver the van within a 10 mile radius of their Premier Van Centre – or five miles for clients within the M25 – AND offer a courtesy vehicle in its place.