Opel and sister Vauxhall brand celebrated on Tuesday the official start of Astra Sports Tourer production at the automaker’s plant in Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom.
The Tourer body style of the new Opel/ Vauxhall Astra generation made its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Now, the wagon version has just started to be built at the company’s Ellesmere Port plant in the United Kingdom. The first model that has rolled of the production line was an Elite trim one powered by the 1.6 CDTi engine and painted in Flip Chip Silver. The Ellesmere Port facility is a significant contributor to the local economy, building over five million vehicles since 1964. The factory is a major exporter with 52 percent of production going to 25 European markets, having a full production capacity of around 680 cars per day and 120,000 per year. “This first Astra Sports Tourer marks another milestone in the history of Vauxhall manufacturing in the North-West,” said Rory Harvey, Vauxhall’s Chairman and Managing Director. “The all-new Astra is of critical importance to Vauxhall and its manufacturing facility.”
Like its five-door hatch sibling, the Sports Tourer is based on an all-new lightweight vehicle architecture, weighing 130 kg less than its predecessor despite have the same dimensions. The more practical version of the compact model has a starting price of 16,585 pounds in the UK for the base Design trim level and it will end up in dealerships across the nation starting from next month.