Vauxhall proves top UK van manufacturer once again

After all twelve months of last year, Vauxhall built 58,838 new vans in total, nearly double its nearest competitor. Of all those units assembled, 53,465 were Vivaro vans of various specifications and 5,373 units were Astravans. It also estimated that Vauxhall sold 11,000 vehicles to small businesses across Britain in 2012.

This positive report shortly follows reports of Vauxhall selling more vans to retail customers than any other manufacturer for the second year running.

The Chairman and Managing Director of Vauxhall, Duncan Aldred, commented: “We are delighted to be the UK’s leading van manufacturer for the 11th year running.”

“We are very proud of our manufacturing bases here in the UK especially as we enter our 110th year – Vauxhall has been building and selling vehicles in Britain without interruption since 1903.”

The Vauxhall Vivaro, which is available in various specifications including panel van, Doublecab and Combi, is currently built at Vauxhall’s Luton-based assembly plant. The Astravan meanwhile is built at Vauxhall’s other assembly plant located in Ellesmere Port.

Both Vauxhall plants have been allocated new products, securing production plans and jobs into the next decade.

The Luton van facility will build the next generation Vivaro from 2014. Ellesmere Port was awarded the accolade of lead European manufacturing plant for the next generation Astra, due to start production in 2015.

Both current versions of the Vauxhall Vivaro and Astravan are available to order now from Perrys Vauxhall Dealerships based nationwide. The latest Vauxhall Vivaro is currently priced from £19,048.33, while the Vauxhall Astravan starts pricing at £15,063.33.