generation Astra is the eleventh major model-line to be built at Ellesmere Port and guarantees 2,000 jobs at the Cheshire plant over the next decade. The plant secured a long-term contract in 2012 and a £140-million investment which further demonstrates the brand's continued commitment to manufacturing the iconic car in Britain.
The patriotic image, orchestrated in under 24-hours, pays tribute to over 36 years of manufacturing the Brit-built best-seller, which has seen over five-million cars roll-off the Ellesmere Port production line. Three-million have been sold in the UK alone - with 50,000 in the past 12 months and 2-million exported to 25 European markets. It is estimated that at full production in 2016, the plant will build approximately 680 Astras per day with further growth in subsequent years.
"The all-new Brit built Astra raises the bar in terms of quality, design and connectivity. Lighter than ever before, with new powertrains and cutting-edge technology, the new Astra is set to shake up the C-segment with it arrives in showrooms," said Tim Tozer, Vauxhall's CMD.
"The Vauxhall Astra has been one of Britain's best-selling and most-loved cars produced for over three decades. The next generation Astra not only continues to drive this legacy and celebrate the strong British heritage of the brand, but is also a key investment for the home of the Astra - Ellesmere Port - and celebrating the workers who have built the vehicle to world class levels of quality and productivity, making it a household name."
The all-new Astra is in Vauxhall showrooms from October, priced from £15,295 on the road.