More than 70 international purchasing, aftersales and product and process engineering staff have moved into the Vauxhall Engineering Centre, in which GM has invested £5 million.
The centre is part of GM's global network and will share engineering with Opel's international technical development centre in Germany. Its opening comes two weeks after GM announced £189 million of investment in its production sites at Luton and Ellesmere Port.
One of the first tasks for the centre is development work on a new light medium van, X38, in conjunction with Renault. The Arena replacement will be built at GM's IBC plant in Luton and launched next summer.