Engineering centre for Luton

Vauxhall has announced that it will establish a new UK engineering centre for light commercial vehicles and recreational vehicles. The initial cost to establish the centre is put at about £5 million, and, when fully operational, the centre will accommodate about 75 engineering staff.

Nick Reilly, chairman and managing director of Vauxhall Motors, commented: `This is an important facility for Vauxhall and General Motors in Europe. The centre will make a significant contribution to the engineering of both current and future light commercial and recreational vehicles for sale in the international markets, in particular as part of our partnership on vans with Renault. Ongoing engineering work on the Frontera will take place at the new centre, along with development work on the proposed new van to be built in Luton.’

In association with Opel’s technical development centre in Russelsheim, strategic alliances and manufacturing facilities across Europe, engineers at the Vauxhall engineering centre will work on innovative solutions to the challenges of bodyshell assembly, electrical, trim and chassis issues on current and future products in the LVC and recreational sectors. They will jointly be responsible for bringing new products to market and for ongoing engineering development and support.