Vauxhall will cease producing the Astra at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire and shut the plant utterly in April subsequent yr except the Authorities can incentivise it to construct a brand new mannequin on the web site.
A briefing on manufacturing volumes issued by Vauxhall’s guardian firm to suppliers reveals the manufacturing of the present mannequin of the Astra is predicted to finish in a yr.
The 80-page doc circulated previously fortnight by Vauxhall proprietor PSA Group – which merged with Fiat Chrysler in January to turn into Stellantis – features a “first forecast for European predominant occasions”. This contains an “finish of life” abstract for the present mannequin of the Astra.
Ellesmere Port employs virtually 1,000 folks constructing property variations of the Astra and helps 6,000 provide chain jobs.
Different variations of the Astra, constructed at Gliwice, Poland, are earmarked to stop manufacturing in December. A next-generation Astra hatchback might be constructed at Stellantis’s plant in Rüsselsheim, Germany, however the firm has not mentioned if it is going to additionally produce estates there.
Final month Carlos Tavares, the chief government of Stellantis, mentioned the corporate determined within the autumn to construct a brand new automotive with an inside combustion engine automotive at Ellesmere Port.
Nonetheless, this plan was deserted when the UK Authorities mentioned it was banning the gross sales of recent vehicles with typical engines from 2030. The ban would make manufacturing of petrol and diesel fashions in Cheshire uneconomic.
Persevering with manufacturing at Ellesmere Port would imply constructing electrical vehicles there, Mr Tavares mentioned, however this may require better funding and the corporate had already earmarked different vegetation to construct battery-powered autos. With out assist from the UK, it could not be financial to copy manufacturing of electrical autos being constructed elsewhere.
A spokesman for Stellantis mentioned it didn’t touch upon future mannequin plans.