Tavares: we took a ‘risk’ on Luton
Speaking at the advertisement in Luton, Tavares added that advance still bare to be fabricated at the site. “Luton has decreased manufacturing costs by 17% in 2017 compared with 2016,” he said. “It still needs to abatement by addition 20% to be in band with continental plants.
“This bulb is solid. We’ve been reviewing it this morning and this is a austere plant. PSA is a able cardinal one in Europe for ablaze bartering vehicles, and we accept affairs to access our common presence.”
Tavares added that the accumulation will access production at Luton instead of accomplishing so at its French facility. “We are demography the accident to adjudge it now, and we will be alive calm in a added acute and able way to be the winners in this aeon of uncertainty. There was a best to access assembly accommodation in our French LCV plant, but we appetite to use the abounding accommodation of our accomplishment arrangement in Europe, including the UK. We are alive to accord anniversary of our plants the adventitious to be in ascendancy of their destiny.”
The Vivaro has been built in Luton back 2001. It has been a sales success for Vauxhall and Opel, with a almanac 15,587 awash in Europe aftermost year – up from 12,376 in 2016. The Vivaro shares a belvedere with the Renault Trafic as allotment of a collective venture. Today’s advertisement ends that deal, with Tavares accepted to be agog to cut ties with its battling French car maker.
Instead, the new Vivaro, to be congenital at the bulb from 2019, will use the aforementioned EMP2 PSA Group platform which is acclimated on battling vans, the Citroen Dispatch and Peugeot Expert. PSA awash 476,500 ablaze bartering cartage in 2017, a amount that rises to 658,000 back commuter car derivatives (such as the Peugeot Traveller) are included.
The PSA advertisement states that EMP2 assembly will be localised by mid-2019, application both the Luton armpit and the PSA ability at Hordain in France. Tavares accepted to Autocar that the Citroen Dispatch and Peugeot Expert will be congenital in Luton alongside the Vivaro, starting in 2019.
In a statement, Renault said it had accomplished “mutual agreement” with PSA to end the Vivaro/Trafic collective venture. It added: “The appulse on Groupe Renault accomplishment plants is actual limited. These plants will still be active at a aerial akin of action to abutment Groupe Renault’s acceptable advance as categorical in the ‘Drive the Future’ mid-term business plan.”
Renault additionally accepted its accord to produce the Vauxhall/Opel Movano – based on the Renault Master – at its Batilly bulb in France charcoal in place.
Government: Luton accommodation a ‘vote of confidence’
Greg Clark, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, additionally abounding the announcement, in which it was appear that the Government was accidental financially to the plant’s growth. It is an important advance for the Government demonstrating its charge to UK accomplishment in the deathwatch of Brexit.
Clark said: “Today’s accommodation is a vote of aplomb in Vauxhall’s high-skilled workforce and the UK’s world-leading automotive sector. This advance in advance the assembly belvedere will aegis and abound jobs, ensuring the approaching of the Luton bulb able-bodied into the abutting decade and advice ensure the bulb is able-bodied positioned for approaching Vauxhall models to be fabricated in the UK.”
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