Jobs saved as Vauxhall chooses UK for new Astra

An
estimated 3,000 manufacturing jobs have been saved after Vauxhall announced the
new version of its Astra model will be built in the UK.

The
company will invest £80m in its factory in Ellesmere Port, which will build the
new model and is expected to produce 190,000 cars annually.

Rick
Wagoner, chairman and chief executive of General Motors, which owns Vauxhall,
made the announcement in London during a visit to mark the company’s centenary
celebrations.

A
spokesman for Vauxhall, which stopped making cars at its site in Luton last
year, said the decision to build the new Astra in the UK had been made after
taking into account issues such as efficiency, productivity and economic
stability.

By Ben Willmott

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