Vauxhall Astra production is in questionMarch 5, 2020
The release of the Vauxhall Astra, known in some markets as the Opel Astra, remains uncertain due to Brexit.
PSA Groupe, the parent company of Vauxhall and Opel, will not decide on succession at its British factory, where the current Vauxhall Astra is being built, until the end of this year. Management expects more clarity regarding the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
The plant in the port of Ellesmere in the north-west of England, where the PSA produces models for the Vauxhall, was previously defined as the place where the new generation of Astra could be created. However, after the British left the European Union and negotiated new trade relations, the question arises of how companies can trade in the future across the British border.
“The decision will not be made until we have a clear picture of the outcome of the negotiations between the British government and the European Union,” Carlos Tavares, chief executive officer, told reporters on Tuesday, and added that it will probably have to wait until mid-late 2020 .
Earlier, Tavares announced that the new Astra is likely to be launched a little later than planned due to these uncertainties. If the PSA decides not to build Astra in Ellesmere anymore, it must find a place to replace. In Rüsselsheim, where the Opel Astra is being built, Vauxhall cannot be made.
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