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 line will see both cars and vans converted to the varying needs of the emergency services nationwide. The facility has led to the creation of 50 new job opportunities in Luton; welcome news after production at the company’s former plant at Millbrook was culled.
The operation will create a boost for suppliers of ‘blue-light content’ – the materials used to convert a standard car or van into a police vehicle. All this material is to be sourced from throughout the UK, Vauxhall stated.
Vauxhall models to have passed through the specialist assembly line include the Corsa, Astra, Insignia and Mokka. Amongst the commercial vehicles to be converted at the Bedfordshire plant include the Combo, Movano and Vivaros.
“Through our flexible production facility, Vauxhall is able to offer a one-stop shop purchasing experience to UK emergency services,” Dick Ellam, Vauxhall’s Special Vehicles manager said.5
“We can deliver a wide choice of car and van models, specifically designed and rigorously-tested to meet the stringent demands of our emergency services.
“We can also supply turn-key vehicle solutions that enable rapid turnaround of replacement vehicles, plus we can now offer a unique in-house de-commissioning and re-marketing service.”
At present, up to 70% of the police vehicle fleet consists of Vauxhalls. Each vehicle comes with 4G Wi-Fi and a Toughbook tablet to keep the emergency vehicles up to date and connected during pursuits.