Last Vauxhall Astra rolls off line at Ellesmere Port

Gareth Herincx

2 days ago
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The final British-built Vauxhall Astra has rolled off the production line at Ellesmere Port, ending a run that has seen more than four million models produced since 1981.

From early 2023, the Cheshire plant will produce the Vauxhall Combo-e and its sibling electric vans, the Citroën ë-Berlingo and Peugeot e-Partner – part of Vauxhall’s commitment to switch to selling only EVs from 2028.

The last Vauxhall built was an Astra Sport Tourer SRi Nav in red with manual transmission. The all-new Astra will now be built at Opel’s Rüsselsheim site in Germany.

“Over the last 60 years, Ellesmere Port has become one of the great British car plants, producing some of the most popular cars on the roads across generations,” said Paul Willcox, managing director of Vauxhall and senior vice-president at Stellantis.

“With one era closing, we’re now looking forward to an all-new electric era at Ellesmere, with the site becoming the first Stellantis plant to produce solely electric vehicles.

“Vauxhall is fast moving towards an electric future and I’m pleased to see the next-generation of Vauxhall electric vehicles made in Britain.”

Ellesmere Port opened in 1962 and over the years has built small/medium Vauxhall/Opel vehicles, beginning with the Vauxhall Viva. In all, some 5.2 million vehicles have rolled off the production line.

Vauxhall’s parent company, Stellantis, has invested £100 million into the site to support its transformation into the first of the firm’s plants to only produce EVs.

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Revealed: the most scrapped cars of 2021

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8 hours ago
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The Ford Focus family hatchback was the most scrapped car model in 2021, with 29,525 sent to automotive heaven, according to new internal data from the Scrap Car Comparison service.

The Vauxhall Astra was revealed as the second most scrapped model (22,143 cars), with the Vauxhall Corsa following in third (21,717 cars)

With the average age of scrapped vehicles sitting at around 14 years old, it’s easy to see why so many Ford Focus cars are now hitting the scrap heap.

After all, it topped the charts as the most sold car in 2001 and maintained this position through to 2007, so many are likely to be coming to the end of their driveability.

Ford was also the most scrapped car manufacturer of 2021, with more than 76,418 vehicles sent to the scrap heap over the last year.

Top 10 most scrapped car models in 2021

  • Ford Focus – 29,525
  • Vauxhall Astra – 22,143
  • Vauxhall Corsa – 21,717
  • Ford Fiesta – 18,034
  • Volkswagen Golf – 13,468
  • Renault Clio – 13,280
  • Vauxhall Zafira – 10,703
  • Peugeot 206 – 10,519
  • Volkswagen Polo – 9,108
  • Ford Mondeo – 8,303

“This is the fifth year running where we’ve seen the Ford Focus come out on top as the most scrapped car, and we expect to see it featuring highly in our most scrapped lists for many years to come yet,” said Dan Gick, Managing Director of Scrap Car Comparison.

“Popularity will always have a bearing on which cars are scrapped, and 2021’s results help to spotlight the enduring popularity of the Focus model, even if many do eventually meet the scrap heap.”

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Top 10 most scrapped car makes in 2021

  • Ford – 76,418
  • Vauxhall – 72,893
  • Volkswagen – 33,715
  • Peugeot – 32,981
  • Renault – 31,289
  • Citroen – 22,264
  • Nissan – 14,691
  • Toyota – 14,246
  • Honda – 13,045
  • Fiat – 13,019

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