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More than 1000 Luton jobs secured after Vauxhall confirmed the next-gen Vivaro will be built there

Vauxhall’s Luton plant has been saved. More than 1000 jobs have been secured at the plant after Opel/Vauxhall announced it would build the next-generation of its Vivaro van there alongside the Renault Trafic.

Production of the new models will begin in 2013. Vauxhall and Renault confirmed they would continue their co-operation on building the next-gen Vivaro/Trafic models in September, but Luton’s future was less secure.

Today’s announcement ensures “Luton will continue to play an important role in the Opel/Vauxhall manufacturing network”, according to an official statement.

The Trafic will also be produced by Renault at its Sandouville plant alongside a H2 high-roof version of the Vivaro.

Mark Tisshaw

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Mark is a journalist with more than a decade of top-level experience in the automotive industry. He first joined Autocar in 2009, having previously worked in local newspapers. He has held several roles at Autocar, including news editor, deputy editor, digital editor and his current position of editor, one he has held since 2017.

From this position he oversees all of Autocar’s content across the print magazine, website, social media, video, and podcast channels, as well as our recent launch, Autocar Business. Mark regularly interviews the very top global executives in the automotive industry, telling their stories and holding them to account, meeting them at shows and events around the world.

Mark is a Car of the Year juror, a prestigious annual award that Autocar is one of the main sponsors of. He has made media appearances on the likes of the BBC, and contributed to titles including What Car?Move Electric and Pistonheads, and has written a column for The Sun.

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