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Fears Grow Over Vauxhall’s Future

May 7th, 2009
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Fears are growing for the future of Vauxhall’s operations in the UK amid further claims in Germany that Fiat has a radical plan for closures if it succeeds in taking over GM Europe.

GM Europe, the parent company of Vauxhall in the UK and Opel in Germany, is looking for investment from a third party.

Fiat’s plans to buy GM Europe emerged over the weekend and reports in Germany have suggested that while plants there are safe, other GM Europe factories could close.

Vauxhall employs about 5,000 people at factories in Luton and Ellesmere Port. The Luton plant, which produces the Vivaro van, could be most at risk because production of the vehicle is due to end in 2011 and Fiat already has a large van division. Ellesmere Port is home to the Vauxhall Astra.

However, Fiat has denied the claims in the German report.

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