Currently reading: Vauxhall set to build next-generation Astra at Ellesmere Port
UK factory set to remain the home of the long-running hatchback – but the deal depends on Brexit negotiations
James Attwood, digital editor
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27 June 2019

The next generation of Vauxhall Astra is set to be built at the firm's Ellesmere Port plant from 2021 onwards – depending on the final terms of Britain’s exit from the European Union.

The long-term future of the Ellesmere Port plant has been in doubt for some time, with Carlos Tavares, the boss of Vauxhall’s parent company, PSA Group, saying that it needed to close the cost and quality gap to the group’s other European plants in order to survive.

But PSA, which also owns the Citroën, DS and Peugeot brands, has now confirmed that it is planning for the facility near Liverpool to be one of two European manufacturing locations for the next-generation Astra, alongside Opel’s Russelsheim plant in Germany. The current model is built at Ellesmere Port and Opel’s Gliwice facility in Poland.

The next-generation Astra will be built on PSA's EMP2 platform and, as part of the firm's electrification programme, will include an electrified version. The machine is due to go into production in 2021.

PSA said it had been “working hard” to turn around Vauxhall’s fortunes and the decision over Ellesmere Port “demonstrates the continuous effort and commitment of Groupe PSA to Vauxhall Motors”.

However, PSA said the plan to build the Astra at its UK facility was not set in stone. “The decision on the allocation to the Ellesmere Port plant will be conditional on the final terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union and the acceptance of the New Vehicle Agreement, which has been negotiated with the Unite Trade Union,” it said.

PSA didn't specify exactly what Brexit terms it was seeking, although it is likely to focus on frictionless and tariff-free trade between the UK and the EU. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has continued to lead calls from the car industry to secure a tariff-free trade agreement and for the Government to rule out a no-deal Brexit.

Ellesmere Port opened in 1962 on the site of RAF Hooton Park, initially producing the Viva. It later produced the Chevette, and in 1980 it became the first Vauxhall plant to produce and export Opel-branded cars to Europe. The Astra has been produced there since 1981, and the plant was also the production base for the larger Vectra.

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27 June 2019

We already enjoy one with frictionless trade.   Why would anybody in their right mind give that up?

 

And if you gift that to the automotive industry why not for every other industry affected by the moronic Brexit?

 

27 June 2019

There's no need to give tariff free trade anyhow. Besides paying millions in membership every day just goes to prove there's no such thing as a free lunch (or free trade agreement in this case).

27 June 2019
Symanski wrote:

We already enjoy one with frictionless trade.   Why would anybody in their right mind give that up?

 

And if you gift that to the automotive industry why not for every other industry affected by the moronic Brexit?

 

 

Ugh, not this again. The time to make your political point on this matter was 3 years ago. Do keep up at the back there.

And if you still don't like it, then move.

28 June 2019
Symanski wrote:

We already enjoy one with frictionless trade.   Why would anybody in their right mind give that up?

That frictionless trade doesn't come for free. We pay a handsome amount for it, some say too much.

 

27 June 2019

A well timed nudge to Boris and Jeremy!

27 June 2019

We are not going to build the Astra at Ellesmere Port, we never planned to, but now we can use Brexit as a convenient excuse.. 

27 June 2019

Yep, lets keep the entire country in subjugation to an EU dictatorship for another 40 years so we can still have crappy Astras.. nah.

27 June 2019
The Apprentice wrote:

Yep, lets keep the entire country in subjugation to an EU dictatorship for another 40 years so we can still have crappy Astras.. nah.

Theres no such thing as the "EU dictatorship".

27 June 2019

CAP? Fisheries Policy? Auditors failing to sign off accounts? unelected, corrupt officials, policies skewed in favour of France & Germany, blackmail threats to the UK? In insistance that we "buy" ourselves out. 

 

If one of the World's biggest economies can't stand on its own two feet then we may as well throw in the towel now. The sad fact is that we are governed by a bunch of unpatriotic "professional" law makers with their own self interest at heart. 21st Century politicians are the modern day evolution of 20th century union officials.

27 June 2019
The Apprentice wrote:

Yep, lets keep the entire country in subjugation to an EU dictatorship for another 40 years so we can still have crappy Astras.. nah.

You forgot to mention crappy Astras built on crappy Peugeot/Citroen platforms.. 

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