Vauxhall celebrates in style after five millionth car produced at Ellesmere Port

Sam Bisby

By: Sam Bisby

People celebrate milestones in many various ways; a party, a day out or perhaps purchasing something special. So when Vauxhall announced it had produced its five millionth car at its Ellesmere Port factory, how did it mark the moment - by thrashing its most iconic cars around its most successful establishment, of course.

Models such as the Vauxhall Viva, Chevette and all six generations of the Astra were all built at the factory in west Cheshire since it opened in 1964 and production is still going strong to this day.

The plant sees its workforce of 1,800 employees produce a car every two minutes(!), with total annual output of vehicles topping an average of 100,000 units over its 50-year history.

As the next-generation Astra nears production-ready status, Ellesmere Port is currently preparing to start building the new car after being awarded the privilege of carrying on the tradition of manufacturing the family hatchback, with the first examples entering the production line next August.

In order to ensure the Astra’s demands are met, an additional 300 staff will be taken on at Ellesmere, while the factory’s future has been secured until at least the middle of the next decade thanks to a £140 million investment from Vauxhall’s parent company GM.

Below is the video showcasing the most exuberant of celebrations after the factory completed its five millionth car. Enjoy.

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