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Vauxhall to build new Astra in Ellesmere Port creating 700 new jobs

Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant will build a new generation of Astra cars in an “historic” deal that will see it produce at least 160,000 cars a year. About 700 jobs will be created at the plant, which employs 2,100, plus thousands more in the supply chain.

Owner General Motors announced it will invest £125m in the factory and spend about £1bn in the UK component sector. It was feared that Ellesmere Port could shut under a GM restructuring plan that may still see a European plant close.

Vauxhall chairman Duncan Aldred said it was a “ground-breaking, historic day” for Ellesmere Port and the UK motor industry. Production of the new Astra will begin at the Cheshire plant in 2015 and run until at least 2020. After the investment, Ellesmere Port will have the capacity to produce up to 220,000 cars annually. Mr Aldred said Vauxhall would more than double the UK component content in the cars, spending £1bn with contractors, which he claimed would create 3,000 jobs in the supply chain.

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