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VIDEO STORY: Brit-Built Astra Flies The Flag For Great Britain

Ellesmere Port, 23rd September 2015 – Vauxhall has revealed how they built the Astra Union Jack flag through a film launched today.

Vauxhall Astra Union Jack

Vauxhall Astra Union Jack

To celebrate the launch of the all-new seventh generation Vauxhall Astra, workers at the Ellesmere Port manufacturing plant – home of the Astra for over 36 years – choreographed 128 new models to create the image of the Union Jack flag. Construction of the display was captured using a state-of-the-art drone giving a birds-eye view of the build.

Watch the footage of the Astra Union Jack film below or on YouTube https://youtu.be/aghmE8S8ln4.

Commenting on the launch at Ellesmere Port, Business Minister Anna Soubry said: “This is a proud day for Vauxhall and its workforce at Ellesmere Port. Manufacturing the seventh generation Astra onsite secures 2,000 jobs into the next decade, boosts productivity and further demonstrates the company’s ongoing commitment to the UK.”

Vauxhall’s seventh generation Astra is the eleventh major model-line to be built at Ellesmere Port and guarantees 2,000 jobs at the Cheshire plant over the next decade.  The plant secured a long-term contract in 2012 and a £140 million investment which further demonstrates the brand’s continued commitment to manufacturing the iconic car in Britain.

The image, orchestrated in under 24-hours, pays tribute to over 36 years of manufacturing the Brit-built best-seller, which has seen over five million cars roll off the Ellesmere Port production line. Three million have been sold in the UK alone – with 50,000 in the past 12 months and 2 million exported to 25 European markets. It is estimated that at full production in 2016, the plant will build approximately 680 Astras per day with further growth in subsequent years.

The British success story extends beyond the Astra itself – as for over 50 years, Ellesmere Port has been the manufacturing home of every compact class Vauxhall in the UK. With nearly 25 per cent of parts sourced locally from UK suppliers, the plant is a significant contributor the local economy and the continued investment at the facility is set to boost UK manufacturing, utilities, construction, transportation and storage companies by at least £70 million.

New Brit-built Vauxhall Astra – In Numbers:

  • One in four Britons has either owned or driven an Astra
  • 25% of a Vauxhall Astra is produced from British sourced materials
  • It takes approximately 24 hours to build an Astra, from sheet steel to the finished article – this is expected to reduce to just 22 hours as production grows
  • 3 million Astras have been sold over the past 36 years – 50,000 in the past 12 months
  • 5 million vehicles have been manufactured at Ellesmere Port, with 2 million exported to 25 European markets
  • £140m investment in the Ellesmere Port factory
  • The Ellesmere Port plant will build approximately 680 cars per day and 120,000 per year

The all-new Astra is in Vauxhall showrooms from October, priced from £15,295 on the road.

Vauxhall Reveals Seventh-Generation Astra

  • First pictures of new Brit-built Astra ahead of Frankfurt unveil
  • Up to 200kg lighter than outgoing model
  • Smaller outside, bigger inside
  • New engine portfolio including 1.4-litre (145PS) petrol
  • First all-new Vauxhall with OnStar
  • IntelliLink R 4.0 compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Luton – These are the first images of Vauxhall’s seventh-generation Astra, which will reach production later this year from the company’s Ellesmere Port manufacturing plant in Cheshire.

New Vauxhall Astra 2015

New Vauxhall Astra 2015

Based on an all-new lightweight vehicle architecture with a new design, powertrains and technology, Astra will receive its world premiere at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (September 17-27).

One the UK’s top-selling and best-loved cars, the Astra is a household name for British car buyers with over 2.9 million sold in the UK over the last 36 years with over 50,000 last year.

Depending on the model and trim level it will be up to 200kg (130kg on average) lighter than its predecessor. The completely new vehicle architecture plays a major role in the weight reduction. Every component was checked for compact design and lightweight materials. The body shell weight alone was reduced by 20 per cent from 357kg to 280kg.

Additional, chassis-related measures resulted in a further 50kg weight loss. These include high-strength and ultra-high-strength low-weight steels, compact subframes as well as weight reductions to the front and rear axle.

Powertrains

The all-new Astra features a powertrain portfolio including petrol and diesel units ranging from 100PS to 200PS.

It is expected that a new GSi model (247bhp) and VXR model (296bhp) will also be announced.

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