As Vauxhall celebrates 60 years of manufacturing at its Ellesmere Port plant, ahead of its £100 million transformation into the first Stellantis plant to produce solely battery-electric models by the end of the year, it also announced the death knell of the Astra.
Ellesmere Port opened in 1962 and began as a production plant for the Vauxhall Viva. Since then it has produced iconic models from the Vauxhall range including the Chevette and successive generations of the Vauxhall and Opel Astra. In total, more than 5.2 million vehicles have rolled off the production lines at Ellesmere Port over the past 60 years.
Having first produced the Vauxhall Astra from 16th November 1981, then in its first generation, more than 4 million Astra models have been built at Ellesmere Port.
Production of the seventh generation Astra model came to a close on 6 April.