Thanks to the outstanding attitude and work ethic of the workforce, the Luton plant beat world class competition from across Europe to build the new van.
Rival Ford shut its Transit factory in Southampton last year making Vauxhall’s Luton facility the sole flag bearer for UK van manufacturing – on a site where over eight million vehicles have been built since 1905.
The plant is significant contributor to the local and national economies building nearly a million Vivaro vans since 2001 including 44,000 vans built in 2013. The factory is a major exporter with 52 per cent of production destined for European markets.
Service firms around the country will also benefit from £600 million of new business over the life of the new Vivaro with 40 per cent of content sourced locally from UK suppliers. This is up by 60 per cent on the current van.
“The all-new Vivaro van is of critical importance to Vauxhall and its manufacturing facility in Luton,” said Tim Tozer, Vauxhall’s Chairman and Managing Director. “I’m very proud of the men and women who build this vehicle to world class levels of quality and productivity.
“Our customers will be delighted with the new Luton-built Vivaro. It offers the comfort and design of a passenger car but with class-leading practicality, improved cargo dimensions and excellent payload capability.”
And this great British success story doesn’t end there. The New Vivaro was designed by a team led by Luton-born Malcolm Ward. In his role as Vauxhall/Opel’s Design Director, Ward follows in the footsteps of both his father and grandfather who both worked at Vauxhall.
“The launch of the new Vivaro is great news for British manufacturing,” said Vince Cable, Business Secretary. “The plant at Luton, which has made such an important contribution to the local and national economy, has got a bright future thanks to the commitment of its workforce and ability to compete against the best in Europe.
“Through the UK Government’s industrial strategy we are backing the auto sector as it goes from strength to strength. We are providing the right environment to give businesses the confidence to invest and create high skilled jobs.”
Also looking forward to a bright futures is Vauxhall’s other UK manufacturing plant located in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire where production of the next generation Astra compact car begins in 2015.
Workers at Ellesmere Port won a similar long term contract to their colleagues in Luton. The agreement runs in to the next decade and secures a £125 million investment and 1,600 jobs.
- Vauxhall’s all-new Vivaro van launched in Luton
- Management, unions and workers join forces to win 10-year contract
- 1,200 jobs secured for over ten years
- £185 million investment including £76 million in manufacturing facilities and £90 million in vendor tooling and special equipment
- Vauxhall Luton now the UK’s only light commercial vehicle manufacturing plant
- 52 per cent of production exported to 27 European markets
- Over eight million vehicles built in Luton since 1905
VAUXALL BOOSTS BRITISH BUSINESS WITH RISING UK CONTENT
- Strategy to localise supplier content as near as possible to Luton factory
- UK supplier firms set to benefit from £600 million of new business over the life of New Vivaro
- Ensures more flexibility and reduced logistics costs
- Reduces carbon footprint by shortening delivery times
- UK sourcing provides hedge against exchange rate fluctuation
VIVA VIVARO: 13 YEARS OF VAN PRODUCTION IN LUTON
- Production began in 2001 for all standard roof variants
- Previous models built in plant included the Frontera SUV, Rascal and Midi
- Vivaro mid-cycle enhancement followed in 2006
- Record production of 95,030 achieved in 2007
- Recognised in 2014 for world-class build quality
MARKET & RIVALS
- All-new Vivaro set to build on the success of previous generations
- New strategic push to develop Opel/Vauxhall commercial vehicle business
- Class-leading build quality and exceptional practicality
- Improved cargo dimensions and excellent payload capability
- On sale now with first deliveries expected in September
- Award-winning Vauxhall sculptural design language introduced in van class
- Fresh design highlights quality, functionality and business appeal
- Driver’s cab with host of practical solutions for mobile office functionality
- Top connectivity with Vauxhall’s IntelliLink infotainment technology
- State-of-the-art driver assistance systems for greater safety and comfort
POWERTRAINS AND CHASSIS
- All-new turbo diesels deliver class-leading economy and low emissions
- ecoFLEX variants with Stop/Start and braking energy recovery
- Rear suspension tuned for optimum comfort and security
- Electronic Stability Program (ESP) fitted as standard
- Panel Van, Combi, Double Cab and Platform Cab body styles ex-factory
- More cargo and cabin space with maximum load volume increased to 8.6m
- Cab design optimised for driver comfort and mobile office use
- New load-though option allows 4.15 metre-long stowage inside vehicle
RANGE, PRICING & EQUIPMENT
- Prices start from £17,995 to £23,145 for the panel van
- Starting price £450 less than the outgoing model
- Two trim levels: Vivaro and Vivaro Sportive
- Excellent levels of standard spec across the Vivaro range