Vauxhall has announced that production will now resume at the Ellesmere Port site on 17th August. During its closure, Ellesmere Port has remained active and implemented a protocol of strengthened health measures. This protocol, approved by Management, has been fully audited, in order to assess its implementation.
A third shift commenced on Sunday 12th July at the Luton manufacturing plant due to the success of Vauxhall Vivaro, Opel Vivaro, Peugeot Expert and Citroën Dispatch. The move is supported by 188 volunteers from the Ellesmere Port plant who will boost the Luton workforce to a total of 1,750 staff
Vauxhall has revealed the second generation of the Mokka with electric drive. “New Mokka is the start of a new direction for the Vauxhall Brand. A bold new design with elements like Vauxhall Vizor and Pure Panel that will become part of signature look for future models. It also encompasses everything that Vauxhall will define in the future. Fully electric from launch and packed with innovative technologies bringing the best of automotive mobility to all. Vauxhall may be Britain’s oldest car manufacturer but with New Mokka it is defining itself to lead in an exciting and innovative future,” said Stephen Norman, Managing Director, Vauxhall Motors.
Vauxhall continues the electrification of its product portfolio with the all-electric, flagship variant of the Vivaro Life, which is available with up to nine seats and in two lengths. Most versions of the Vivaro-e Life are less than 1.90 metres high and can therefore access typical underground garages – important for hotel shuttles. The option of a trailer hitch enables the Vivaro-e Life to tow trailers with a maximum capacity of 1,000kg.
Vauxhall has released the first pictures of the Vivaro-e, its first factory-built, fully-electric van, set to arrive in the market as more and more UK cities welcome emissions-free vehicles. Built on the same line as the diesel-engined Vivaro, and available to order from June in two lengths and two body variants, the Vivaro-e has a range of up to 188 miles on the WLTP cycle. Vauxhall says that multi-drop deliveries around large town and cities on a single charge will become a reality for British business users.
Still heavily disguised, Vauxhall has released a teaser picture of the all-new Mokka as it starts its initial testing with engineering teams. The big news is that for the first time there will be a fully-electric Mokka, though combustion-engined versions will still be available in the range.
The Corsa-e is now available with Vauxhall Connect, a feature accessed via the MyVauxhall app, which allows owners to access information, such as the remaining range, the cheapest re-charging options and pre-conditioning of the interior. Smartphone users can also learn the charging status of their car, remotely start the air conditioning, and select the charging time required.
During its closure, the Groupe PSA Vauxhall site at Ellesmere Port has remained “active” and implemented a protocol of reinforced health measures. This protocol, now approved by Management, has been fully audited, in order to assess its implementation. Ellesmere Port’s Management team has invited Unite, representing plant employees, to make a final review of the safety protocols, before a resumption of manufacturing activity can begin.
Vauxhall has announced a new initiative across its national service and repair network intended to position its retailers as “go-to” outlets for parts and service, while offering prices it says would normally only seen in the aftermarket sector. The services are offered under the Vauxhall Fixed Price Repairs banner.
Vauxhall is providing 22 staff to the Luton site of Smiths Medical, a division of Smiths Group plc, which is being tasked with significantly increasing production of Smiths Group’s paraPAC plus. These ventilators are approved and have been in use within the NHS for over 10 years. The staff – 20 assemblers, plus a Team Leader and Supervisor – were hand-picked from Vauxhall’s Kimpton Road Plant that produces the Vivaro van. They were chosen due to their specialist skills and ability to carry out intricate production work to a very high standard.