The next Vauxhall Astra may not be built in the UK if the final terms of the UK’s Brexit deal are not favourable.
Vauxhall’s owners, Groupe PSA, have confirmed that the next-generation model will be built in two European factories, but stated that “the decision on the allocation to the Ellesmere Port plant will be conditional on the final terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union and the acceptance of the New Vehicle Agreement, which has been negotiated with the Unite Trade Union.”
The group has confirmed that the Russelsheim plant will be one of the plants to manufacture the next Astra.
Currently, the Astra is built in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire and Gliwice in Poland. The model is currently halfway through its lifecycle having launched in 2015.
The current Astra will be facelifted before the end of the year, before an all-new model is revealed in 2022.
Since the acquisition of Vauxhall Motors by Groupe PSA, it has been working hard to turn around the fortunes of the brand and to address the performance of the commercial and manufacturing divisions.
Groupe PSA says this news demonstrates the “continuous effort and commitment of Groupe PSA to Vauxhall Motors”.