Next generation Vivaro stays in UK
VAUXHALL’S Luton plant has been spared the axe in the GM-Renault van production network. The two partners have announced the production locations for the next generation of the successful Vauxhall Vivaro and Renault Trafic models. From 2013, and Vauxhall has confirmed that the next generation Vivaro will be built at its plant in Luton UK.
“The Luton plant will continue to play an important role in the Opel/Vauxhall manufacturing network,” said a spokesman. Meanwhile, Renault will produce the new Trafic at its plant in Sandouville, northern France, alongside the next generation of the H2 (high roof) version of Vivaro. The current H2 vans are made at Nissan’s plant in Spain, but this plant is now switching entirely to Nissan designs, including NV200 and Navara.
As announced previously, production of this new van in Sandouville plant is expected to reach 100,000 units a year once all versions have been launched.
Today’s announcement follows the joint announcement between Opel/Vauxhall and Renault in September 2010, when both companies agreed to continue their successful cooperation in the Light Commercial Vehicle segment.
This cooperation goes back to 1996 when the first generation of the Opel/Vauxhall Movano and Renault Master programme was announced. Since then, the cooperation expanded to include Vivaro/Trafic. In 2010, this new second generation of the Renault Master & Opel/Vauxhall Movano Van program was successfully launched with an extended model range including rear wheel drive versions and a number of factory produced specially converted vehicles.
The current Vivaro and Trafic models were first produced in 2001, and by the end of 2010 Opel Vauxhall and Renault had built over 1.25 million Trafic and Vivaro. While the sister models are being jointly developed and produced in Opel/Vauxhall and Renault-Nissan plants, they are independently marketed and sold through the respective brand distribution channels.