Currently reading: Vauxhall’s future in Britain questioned following Brexit
LMC Automotive report suggests General Motors could relocate production of UK models to Poland
Sam Sheehan
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2 mins read
19 July 2016

Doubt has been cast over Vauxhall’s future in Britain following the Brexit referendum result in a new LMC Automotive report.

Analysts suggest in the report that Vauxhall’s parent company, General Motors (GM), is the manufacturer most likely to move its production to mainland Europe due to rising costs once Britain leaves the EU.

GM also owns Opel, which produces almost entirely identical models to Vauxhall, but for left-hand-drive markets.

The LMC report claims moving production of UK-bound models to Opel’s Polish factory would, therefore, be financially viable, and could happen as soon as in five years, to coincide with the launch of the next-generation Astra.

The Opel Astra is already produced at the Gliwice plant. The British-built right-hand-drive equivalent is currently made at Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire, which employs more than 2000 people. Vauxhall also produces its Vivaro van at a facility in Luton that employs more than 900 people.

Despite the suggestions of the LMC report, Vauxhall has told Autocar that business will carry on as usual until the UK government reveals its plans for Brexit.

When the EU Referendum result was revealed last month, Vauxhall said: “It's important that business continues to benefit from the free movement of goods and people during [the transition] period [of Brexit].

“Communication on the development of the future relationship with the EU should also be clear and transparent. We fully support remaining part of the European Economic Area.”

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Citytiger 19 July 2016

American company may move

its limited production of vehicles outside of the UK, because of possible post Brexit trade restrictions with the EU, meanwhile in other news Audi (a German therefore an EU company) has stated it has no plans to change its relationship with the UK because we are an important market. GM are lame ducks, look at the mess they leave whenever they take over a company, the sooner they disappear the better.
rmcondo 19 July 2016

The only such stories worth

The only such stories worth reading are those that use "will" or "will not". Those with "could", "may", "may not" have little useful purpose. More likely, their purposes are devious.
Ruperts Trooper 19 July 2016

Build the Holdens at Ellesmere Port

The Australians have a good chance of getting a tariff-free deal with the UK at Brexit so makes sense that the Holden-badged Opels are built in the UK especially as they'll be RHD. The EU takes "forever" to do trade deals so they'll be tariffs on German/Polish built Holdens for a long time.