Vauxhall’s Luton workers said goodbye to an important part of the plant’s history after the last current generation Vivaro rolled off the production line.
The last Vivaro, the 957,107th model built there, was cheered off by the workers before they begin to build the all-new latest generation model later this month.
Following the closure of rival Ford’s Transit factory in Southampton last year, Vauxhall’s plant at Luton is the sole facility for van manufacture in the UK.
Fittingly, the last Vivaro will be put on display in Vauxhall’s Heritage Centre at its headquarters, just five minutes from its birthplace at the last van plant.
£185 million investment
Construction of the new Vivaro has secured the futurefor 1,200 jobs at the Luton plant, as part of a 10-year contract and £185 million investment at the facility. Additionally, the carmaker announced that 250 extra jobs will be created as of January next year.
Tim Tozer, Vauxhall’s Chairman and Managing Director, said: “The current Vivaro has been a huge success and our workforce at Luton is very much looking forward to building the all-new model.”
The Luton plant contributes significantly to both local and national economies, with nearly a million Vivaro vans built at the site since 2001, 44,000 of which were built last year along.
As well as that, the plant is a major exporter, with just over half of all vans produced supplied to European markets.
The plant is a significant contributor to the local and national economies building nearly a million Vivaro vans since 2001. That includes 44,000 vans built in 2013, and is a major exporter with 52 per cent of production destined for European markets.
Tim continued: “The Vivaro van is of critical importance to Vauxhall and its manufacturing facility in Luton. I’m very proud of the men and women who build this vehicle to world class levels of quality and productivity.”
The new Vivaro model made its debut earlier this year at the 2014 CV Show in Birmingham.
Vauxhall say that the latest version of the popular van will offer class-leading build quality and practicality, as well as excellent payload capabilities.
With an enhanced cabin designed for comfort and control, the new model comes complete with a range of high-tech additions. Included are modern infotainment features with DAB radio, electronic stability control, remote central deadlocking and an electronic engine deadlock immobiliser.
Under the bonnet, the Vivaro comes equipped with a range of diesel engines, including the cutting edge Bi-Turbo engine. It ensures optimum pulling power and delivers up to 47.9mpg while keeping CO2 emissions as low as 155g/km.
The new Vivaro model is available to order now. Deliveries will start from the end of this summer and prices for the new model will start at £17,995 for the panel van version.