The large sign on the side of the factory says “Ellesmere Port. Home of the Astra”. Not for much longer. The popular family car has been made at the Cheshire automotive plant for the past four decades. For the two decades before, production was dominated by the equally popular Vauxhall Viva. Now nearly 60 years after the former RAF Hooton Park was converted by Vauxhall’s then owner General Motors of the US to become one of Britain’s biggest mass production plants during the 1960s heyday of the country’s car industry, Ellesmere Port is to get a third life: assembling electric vehicles.
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