New Vauxhall Vivaro Confirmed for Production in the UK

New Vauxhall Vivaro Confirmed for Production in the UK

New Vauxhall Vivaro Confirmed for Production in the UK

The Luton factory which has long been the home of the Vauxhall Vivaro range of vans will continue to pump out the all-new model ahead of its release in 2019.

This news comes after Vauxhall owner PSA reaffirmed its commitment to manufacturing LCVs in the UK, with the Vivaro being built alongside models such as the Peugeot Expert and Citroen Dispatch.

Company chairman Carlos Tavares made the announcement last week, stating that this decision would allow PSA to provide class-leading vans to its customers across Europe.

He also confirmed that the plant’s output would be upped to 100,000 vehicles a year, which will help to boost the local economy.

Eventually, it will be used to manufacture a number of eco-friendly vans which are based on hybrid and fully electric power trains, although in the short term the new Vivaro range will retain its reliance on fossil fuels.

The government has provided £9 million in funding to help make the factory an attractive place for PSA to produce vans, enabling an additional investment of £100 million to be made by the company itself.

Last year saw a continent-wide increase in the number of vans being sold, with PSA responsible for more than 50 per cent of the growth enjoyed in 2017. Analysts expect that this trend will continue, so even if Brexit dampens demand in the UK, there will still be call for the new vans produced in Luton throughout the rest of the EU.

The current Vivaro appeared back in 2014 and shares the same underpinnings as the Renault Trafic and Fiat Talento. But from 2019 onwards, when its replacement arrives, it will have switched to the EMP2 platform which PSA has developed for both commercial vehicles and passenger cars alike.

Because of this move, it will share a lot of the same features as the aforementioned Dispatch and Expert vans, which will join it on the same production line before individual branding is provided later in the process.

It is thought that around 450 jobs will be created as a result of the decision, guaranteeing the viability of the factory for at least another decade. And if further van generations are built in Luton, then it will continue to play a key role in supporting the auto industry in the UK as a whole.

The exact details of the new Vivaro have yet to be announced, but it is safe to assume that it will follow in the footsteps of the other LCVs that already harness the EMP2 platform. Efficient engines, modern in-cab technology and advanced safety features are all expected.

The arrival of hybrid and all-electric vans from PSA brands will arguably be more interesting and important over the coming years, as zero-emissions vehicles are becoming increasingly relevant at the moment. But there is still a lot of development work that the manufacturer will have to do before any of these are likely to be revealed.

 

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