Luton

A look back at the Vauxhall Carlton and Viceroy (1978 – 1982) 0

By the late 1970s, Vauxhall was firmly in Opel’s grip. The launch of the Carlton in 1978 marked the end of the Transcontinental FE/VX range. By this point, each of Vauxhall’s mid-range models was to all intents and purposes a slightly reworked Opel. The Carlton – as it was known on these shores – was(…)

No plans to shut Vauxhall plants says Peugeot boss 0

The chief executive of Peugeot, Carlos Tavares, has said the PSA group has no plans to close any Vauxhall or Opel plants following his company’s acquisition of the brands. Instead, he wants to “unleash [their] potential” by exporting the cars outside of Europe, he said in a recent interview with the BBC. General Motors, who(…)

A look back at the Cavalier Coupe and Sportshatch (1975 – 1981) 0

The Cavalier Coupe and Sportshatch were almost identical to the Opel equivalent – the Manta. That said, the Euro version was designed at Vauxhall’s headquarters in Luton, thereby proving the UK wings competence at designing hatchbacks. The Coupe made its debut together with the saloon in 1975 and was initially offered in both 1.6 and(…)

A look inside Vauxhall’s police car factory 0

A special assembly line has been created at the Vauxhall factory in Luton, which deals exclusively with converting brand new vehicles into police cars. The plant in the heart of Bedfordshire is now Europe’s largest emergency services vehicle factory and 2,500 models are set to roll off its production line each year. The new assembly(…)