Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port Plant in Cheshire has produced the 100,000th Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer.
The Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer is only produced at Ellesmere Port Plant where it is then exported all across Europe.
First launched in September 2010, the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer has proved to be successful for Vauxhall, with 6,316 units sold in the UK within the first 9 months. In the first half of 2011, 29,622 Sports Tourers were sold in Germany.
The Ellesmere Port currently completes 47 jobs per hour. It was the first automotive operation to receive ISO14001 certification and has received a range of environmental awards including the EON Energy Award and the National Green Apple award as well has achieving landfill free status.
The 100,000th Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer was driven off the line by the plant's longest serving employee, John Cooper, joined by local dignitaries, guests of honour and many Vauxhall employees responsible for the Sports Tourer's success.
John has been working in the Ellesmere Plant since 1967, is a union official, and has worked as a production operator on various stations. "I am extremely proud and honoured to be chosen to accompany our 100 000th Sports Tourer as it leaves our plant and presents itself to the world," says John. "It is a great car with a confident and elegant ride and great looks. I am looking forward to sending many more to future Vauxhall customers and customers all over the world."
Tony Francavilla, the plant's Director says: "My particular thanks go to all employees who, like John, perpetuate the plant’s success story year after year building world class cars, paving its way into the future."
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