Vauxhall Vivaro helps retain UK’s top vanmaker spot

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Sales of the popular Vauxhall Vivaro have seen the firm being named as the top van maker in the UK for the 14th year running.

Vauxhall built more than 60,000 vans last year in the UK to take the top spot, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Growing sales of the Vivaro led to Vauxhall building more than 28,000 versions in their Luton assembly plant.

A growing number of customers are being attracted to the marque thanks to a range of impressive offers including four years free servicing, four years’ warranty as well as four years of AA cover.

The leading van manufacturer in the UK

Vauxhall’s chairman, Rory Harvey, said: “We are delighted to be the leading van manufacturer in the UK for 14 years running.

“We are proud of our 113 years of heritage in Britain and the Luton-built Vivaro is the linchpin in our award-winning range of vans.”

Launched in 2014, the all-new Vauxhall Vivaro helped the firm secure 1,500 jobs in Luton which is now the only van-making plant in the UK after Ford shut its Southampton Transit factory 2013.

In addition to being a large employer, Vauxhall also creates £600 million of business for its suppliers with 40% of the Vivaro’s content coming from UK manufacturers – that’s up from the 24% content in the van it replaced.

The second generation of the Vauxhall Vivaro

This is the second generation of the Vauxhall Vivaro and its growing popularity sees 52% of the production heading to European customers.

The review team at Commercial Vehicle were particularly impressed with the all-new Vauxhall Vivaro and praised it for its car-like handling and comfort with the new version having lots more space while still offering one of the best performances in its class.

The engines are also particularly good and offer low running costs which help to make the Vauxhall Vivaro a hard-to-beat vehicle in a tough segment.