The Force Is Strong with Vauxhall

All those blue lights could be quite an arresting sight…

Vauxhall’s factory in Luton hasn’t made a car for some years, but now some very special models will start rolling off the production line.

Corsa, Astra, Insignia and Mokka cars will now be prepared in Luton, along with some commercial vehicles such as the Combo, Movano and Vivaro vans. However, they’ll all be specially built models for use by Police forces, and Fire and Ambulance services nationwide.

Converting around 2,500 vehicles a year, the new facility will bring 50 new jobs to Luton following the decision to move production in-house from its previous location in Millbrook, Bedfordshire.

Supplier firms around the country also benefit with 90 per cent of blue-light content, the materials used to convert a standard car into a Police car, sourced locally from UK suppliers. Local firms include Border Engineering in Luton who make brackets and AV Engineering in Royston who make fascia mouldings.

Vauxhall is the only manufacturer to offer a complete service for blue-light vehicles. Everything is done in-house from testing to converting and even remarketing of decommissioned vehicles.

“Through our flexible production facility, Vauxhall is able to offer a one-stop shop purchasing experience to UK emergency services,” said Dick Ellam, Vauxhall’s special vehicles manager. “We can deliver a wide choice of car and van models, specifically designed and rigorously-tested to meet the stringent demands of our emergency services. We can also supply turn-key vehicle solutions that enable rapid turnaround of replacement vehicles, plus we can now offer a unique in-house de-commissioning and re-marketing service.”

The facility, situated next door to the Vivaro production line, is the largest of its kind in Europe.

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Phil is a motoring writer for print and web, failed racing driver, car hoarder and banger rally competitor. Nominated for the Headline Auto Rising Star award and a MGMW member, Phil freelances for outlets as diverse as Diesel Car magazine, and Cambridge Magazine, amongst many others. He also maintains a fleet of unloved motors, but spends most of his time driving an old Corvette.

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