Luton Plant. Facts and Figures

Location: Luton, Bedfordshire
Employees: 1,340
Products: Vivaro
Total site area : 378,000 m²

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At a glance

Vauxhall’s Luton plant was founded in 1907 and is the largest van manufacturing site in the UK. Since 2001, the plant has been building multiple variants of the Vivaro-type Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) such as panel van, double cab, chassis cab, drop side and combi over 60% bound of export. In 2009, the plant established its own on-site conversion centre.

The best in class LCV won Van Fleet Awards’ ‘Best Medium Van’ 7 times and enjoys continued popularity. Based on its outstanding performance, the plant was allocated the new generation Vivaro (X82), which will start production during 2nd Qtr 2014. Production will include Vauxhall and Opel Vivaro models and also the „Bad Road Pack“, destined for markets with a large quantity of unmade roads such as Turkey and Kazakhstan etc.



  • 1907 Vauxhall Motors Ltd established in Luton to build Vauxhall cars
  • 1925 General Motors takes ownership of Vauxhall Motors
  • 1930 Bedford Commercial Vehicles is established in 1930 as a subsidiary of Vauxhall Motors to build commercial vehicles in Luton
  • 1931 Vauxhall's frist commercial vehicle - the Bedord 2-ton truck - launched
  • 1987 General Motors reorganises the Bedford van factory in Luton as a joint venture with Isuzu of Japan (60 GM / 40 Isuzu ownership), resulting in Isuzu Bedford Commercial (IBC) Vehicles
  • 1991 Vauxhall enters European SUV market with Frontera 4-wheel drive built by IBC vehicles
  • 1996 GM secures X83 van contract with Renault to build 'commercial vehicle to passenger carrying standards'
  • 1998 Ownership of IBC vehicles returns to 100% GM
  • 2000 International Standard – ISO14001 – Certification for Environmental Management System
  • 2001 In joint venture with Renault, GM starts production of Vauxhall/Opel Vivaro and Renault Trafic on X83 platform
  • 2002 Production increases with the introduction of the Nissan Primastar
  • Since 2005 Investors in People
  • 2006 All four brands receive a mid-cycle enhancement called Phase 2
  • 2007 500,000th X83 produced in June
  • 2007 Production reaches record levels with 95,030 vans built
  • 2009 Introduction of a conversion centre for variants such as drop sides and pick-ups
  • 2010 Start of production of the Phase 3 X83 scheduled, a third mid-cycle enhancement that includes the addition of e.g. an all-new dash board, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control and the gunmetal paint colour
  • 2010 750,000th vehicles built
  • 2011,2012 ans 2013 Britain’s Top Employers
  • 2011 - 2013 and 2013 Workplace of Choice
  • 2011 Allocation of X82 next generation Vivaro – to start production during 2nd Qtr 2014
  • 2012 International Standard – ISO22301 – Certification for Business Continuity Management
  • 2013 900,000th vehicles built – last major production milestone for X83