Van plan se­cures Vaux­hall plant

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THE fu­ture of Vaux­hall’s Lu­ton plant has been as­sured – with the brand’s owner PSA con­firm­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of Vi­varo van will be built in Bed­ford­shire. The new model will go on sale in 2019.

Speak­ing at the an­nounce­ment in the fac­tory last week, PSA chair­man Car­los Tavares said: “This is a ma­jor mile­stone for the fu­ture of Lu­ton, and a key en­abler to serve our am­bi­tions in the mar­ket.”

Tavares an­nounced pro­duc­tion would in­crease from 70,000 to 100,000 vans – in­sist­ing that if de­mand con­tin­ued to in­crease, the plant could also build the Peu­geot Ex­pert and Citroen Dis­patch.

So­ci­ety of Mo­tor Man­u­fac­tur­ers and Traders CEO Mike Hawes said: “This is great news for the UK au­to­mo­tive sec­tor and es­pe­cially for the Lu­ton plant.”

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