New Griffin celebrates Vauxhall Vivaro production

Confirmation came from Vauxhall last month that the plant would continue to build the large panel van, Vauxhall’s answer to the Ford Transit, after the current generation is scrapped in 2013.

The new Griffin badge, introduced in 2008 to make the famous logo more aggressive, now adorns the Luton facility to celebrate the achievement.

Mark Stein, Vauxhall’s Luton Plant Director, said: "Recent developments here in Luton prove that dedication and focus on the job in hand find recognition on all levels – in the market, internally and also with the government.

"The new Griffin will remind everybody of Vauxhall’s long-standing manufacturing presence in Luton, building Best of British commercial vehicles."

The plant was recently visited by Prime Minister David Cameron after the announcement Vivaro production will remain.

Workers at the plant have now had their jobs secured because of production of the new Vauxhall Vivaro, which will take place alongside the Renault Trafic as part of joint production of the large vans.

The current generation of the Vauxhall Vivaro van is one of the most popular in the UK. Prices for the medium-size van start from just £18,093 in the UK.

Featuring recognisable Vauxhall styling, including large, practical bumpers and a reworking of the Vauxhall grille seen on its car range, the Vivaro is one of the more stylish vans on the market.

Available in no less than nine body styles covering different lengths, roof heights and minibus options, the Vauxhall Vivaro also comes with a choice of 2.0- and 2.5-litre diesel engines covering various power outputs.

The next generation of the van will arrive in 2013, with production taking place both at the Luton plant and a Renault-owned French facility.