The next generation Opel/Vauxhall Astra will begin production in 2021, the company has confirmed, but production at Ellesmere Port isn’t certain.
It’s likely the UK factory will produce the model if the country is able to negotiate a Brexit agreement, which doesn’t see it crash out of the EU.
The Opel Astra will be produced from 2021 at Russelsheim in Germany, which currently also makes the Insignia. It will also be made at one other European factory.
“The group has confirmed that the Russelsheim plant will manufacture Astra and that it is planned that the second plant will be Ellesmere Port in the United Kingdom,” the PSA Group said.
“The decision on the allocation to the Ellesmere Port plant will be conditional on the final terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union and the acceptance of the New Vehicle Agreement, which has been negotiated with the Unite Trade Union.”
The new Astra will shift from its current GM platform to PSA’s EMP2 platform, which will be shared with the Peugeot 308.