Vauxhall's Cheshire jobs victory

Thursday, 17 May 2012 2:00 PM

Vauxhall Astra

Great news for everybody involved; there's more long-term car-building to come at Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant

It's good to see Vauxhall and Ellesmere Port trending on Twitter for the right reasons today with the news that the next-generation Astra compact car will indeed be made at the company's Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire in an agreement that comes into force next year and will last into the early 2020s. Assembly of the new car is expected as of 2015 and it will operate on three shifts with at least 160,000 new cars being made every year.

Vauxhall/Opel is investing £125 million into the plant to make sure it is up to scratch and 700 new direct jobs are expected to be created. It's more great news for the British economy and the beleaguered jobs market.

And to celebrate, Motorpoint, the used car supermarket, has dropped prices on the 2010 Astra with prices starting from £6,999 for an example 1.8-litre VVT Club. It has just 19,000 miles on the clock and it comes in black sapphire pearlescent paint.

Or there's the Astra 2.0 CDTi with automatic gearbox and five doors in power red for £12,999. It comes with 17-inch, five-spoke alloys, cruise control, parking sensors and less than 4,000 clicks. Might be a good time to get in and avoid any Arthur Daly-type shenanigans...

By Georgia Lewis

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