It’s 2013, which means that because Vauxhall has been manufacturing and selling motor vehicles in the UK without interruption since 1903, it is 110 years-old. Giving the company a prime opportunity to trumpet its recent achievements, in particular, the sales success of its current range achieving segment-leading and record-making figures.
The Insignia, Astra GTC and Zafira all top the sales figures of their sectors, and Vauxhall is the number one supplier to the Fuzz, er sorry, the Police. A change in strategy in 2012 also saw the marque become the ‘fastest growing at retail’. Vauxhall also tops the 2012 retail market for commercial vehicles, having experienced an increase of 16% in its market share.
Other achievements worthy of congratulations and back-slapping? In 2012, its Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire was awarded the accolade of lead European manufacturing plant for the next generation Astra (due to start production in 2015). Vauxhall was also on the top step of the podium for many awards including Investors in People, Britain’s Top Employer, British Standard 25999 for Business Continuity Planning (the first automotive company in the UK to achieve this accolade), and multiple automotive awards led by the Ampera, with European Car of the Year 2012.
Vauxhall’s Chairman and Managing Director Duncan Aldred, said: “The UK was the shining light in a gloomy European automotive market in 2012 and Vauxhall was right at the forefront in sales and innovation. Launching six all-new models in one year was a huge challenge but was fundamental to the continued growth of this great British brand… We see Vauxhall entering its 110th year as the force to be reckoned with in the heartland of UK motoring.”