Vauxhall Astra to be built in UK if ministers avoid no-deal Brexit

PSA Group’s decision would be boost to British car industry and workers at Ellesmere PortFrench carmaker PSA Group has warned that it will only build its new Vauxhall Astra at its Ellesmere Port plant if the UK avoids a no-deal Brexit, in a stark indic…

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Car sales fall in UK with industry’s worst September since financial crisis

Consumer uncertainty, new testing rules and decline of diesel lead to 20% fall, says SMMTUK sales of new cars plunged by a fifth in September as new emissions tests caused delivery backlogs, while waning appetite for diesel cars and weaker consumer con…

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Jaguar Land Rover to cut production at Halewood

UK’s biggest carmaker blames faltering sales on Brexit vote and tax curbs on diesel fuel

Jaguar Land Rover, Britain’s biggest car manufacturer, is to cut production at its Halewood plant as it blamed faltering sales after the Brexit vote and a tax crackdown on diesel vehicles.

JLR said uncertainty around Brexit and the future of diesel cars had weakened demand. Its sales in Britain and Europe were flat in 2017 and the firm said it it expects tough conditions to continue.

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Vauxhall to cut 400 jobs at Ellesmere Port as demand for Astra falls

Rising costs and consumer preference for chunkier SUVs prompt move with output set to be reduced by at least 60,000 cars

Vauxhall workers will hear on Monday that nearly a quarter of jobs at the company’s Ellesmere Port site are being cut as the carmaker adapts to the decline of the traditional family car and rising costs.

About 400 of the 1,800 jobs at the site are expected to go by Christmas, largely via voluntary redundancies, as demand for the Astra continues to slip in favour of chunkier and trendier SUVs.

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Peugeot-Vauxhall deal could hit UK steel industry | Letters

You give no context for your photograph of a worker cleaning a melting pot at the Salzgitter steelworks (Bringing a shine to steelworks, 8 March). To provide some background, you might like to point out to your readers that the local state of North Rhine-Westphalia holds shares in Salzgitter and also in Volkswagen. This doubtless helps ensure that the steel maker gets plenty of offers from the car group. By contrast, Port Talbot’s largest car customer is Vauxhall, which, according to the APPG report, buys 70% of steel requirements from this plant. The purchase of Opal/Vauxhall by Peugeot, which is owned by the French government, might well result in French steel mills supplying more to this group at the expense of Port Talbot.
Graham Cooper
Church Stratton, Shropshire

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Brexit and Bochum haunt Vauxhall in the new battle for Ellesmere Port

The factory that won an Anglo-German struggle for the right to make the Astra just five years ago is once again confronting a highly uncertain future

Vince Cable pushed at the revolving door of General Motors’ New York offices and stepped into the bustle of a February afternoon in Manhattan. As he scanned the street for his awaiting taxi, the then business secretary breathed a huge sigh of relief.

It was 2012, and Cable had just persuaded Dan Akerson, then chief executive of car giant General Motors, to hand production of the seventh-generation Astra to Britain.

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Theresa May must give Vauxhall assurances over Brexit, says Labour

Peugeot owner PSA should get similar guarantees to Nissan when it takes over UK carmaker, says shadow business secretary

Theresa May is facing calls to guarantee that Brexit will not harm the operations of Vauxhall after PSA, the French owner of Peugeot and Citroën, announced a deal to buy the British car manufacturer.

Labour said the company would need stronger assurances from the government about UK carmaking after Brexit, despite PSA’s claiming it wants to avoid factory closures and job cuts in the UK. Vauxhall employs 4,500 people in Britain at plants in Ellesmere Port, Merseyside, and Luton, Bedfordshire.

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