As the home of the Vauxhall Astra, Ellesmere Port has been making the Brit-built car for almost 40 years and on 4 September, the 4m car rolled off the production line with a choreographed display of 236 Astra Sport Tourers to spell out the feat.
Making the iconic British car since 1981, the plant has provided employment to generations of local families, ploughing millions into the local economy.
The celebratory image, which took 12-hours, 57 red and 179 white cars to assemble, spelled out the achievement in Astra’s trademark red, honouring the thousands of employees who have contributed to the momentous milestone.
Ellesmere Port has produced all seven generations of the famous Astra, exporting over two million vehicles to 25 European markets and even Australia in the early years. Today it employs nearly 2,000 people and many more depend on it in the supply chain as it builds approximately 680 Astras a day.
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Denis Chick, Director of Communications at Vauxhall Motors adds: “The Vauxhall Astra has been one of Britain’s best-selling and loved cars for almost four decades, and we’re proud to manufacture it here in the UK at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire. We felt the production of our 4m Astra was worth celebrating and, as always, the team at Ellesmere Port has stepped up to the challenge by creating this stunning image.”
Vauxhall Motors has invested over £200m in the Ellesmere Port factory in recent years and it remains a stalwart of British manufacturing. With nearly 80% of Ellesmere Port vehicles currently exported out of the UK, it’s set to continue as a major supplier to customers both home and abroad.