At a glance

Vauxhall Iron Works began automobile production in 1903. The Luton plant was opened in 1907 and is the largest van manufacturing site in the UK. “Griffin House” is also the headquarters of Vauxhall Motors Ltd. Since 2001, the plant has been producing different variants of the Vivaro LCV such as the panel van, double cab, dropside with and without side storage space and the platform cab.

History of the Luton Plant

2015 Anniversary: one million commercial vehicles built 
2014 Start of production of new Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro 
2010 Anniversary: 750,000 commercial vehicles built 
2010 Start of production of completely re-worked van models 
2009 Establishment of a vehicle conversion center for variants such as dropsides and pick-ups 
2007 Anniversary: 500,000 commercial vehicles built 
2006 Start of production of redesigned Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro 
2001 Start of production of Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro 
1998 Establishment of GM Manufacturing Luton 
1991 Start of production of Opel/Vauxhall Frontera SUV 
1987 Establishment of “Isuzu Bedford Commercial (IBC) Vehicles”
1931 Start of Vauxhall commercial vehicle production, first model is the Bedford two-ton truck 
1930 Bedford Commercial Vehicles is established as subsidiary of Vauxhall Motors 
1925 General Motors takes over Vauxhall Motors Ltd. 
1907 Vauxhall Motors Ltd. opened Luton plant for the production of automobiles 

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