Vauxhall Celebrates an "ASTRA-NOMICAL" Landmark - 4 Million and Counting

Ellesmere Port has become the home of the Vauxhall Astra and on Monday 4th September 2017 employees celebrated a very special moment. The 4th Millionth Astra was rolled off their production line as Vauxhall marked a landmark.

Ellesmere Port has been making the Vauxhall Astra since 1981 and in order to celebrate Vauxhall decided to create an iconic image which took 12 hours, 57 red and 179 white cars to assemble.

The factory has produced all seven generations of the Astra and exported over 2 million vehicles to 25 European markets. Today, Ellesmere Port housing just under 2,000 employees and on average, builds approximately 680 Vauxhall Astra’s a day.

To celebrate this landmark further Vauxhall have created 10 top facts you didn’t know about the Astra’s:

  • The Vauxhall Astra replaced the Viva and was the first Vauxhall model with front wheel drive
  • One in four Brits has owned or driven an Astra
  • The height of 4 million Astra’s is the equivalent to 62,500 Big Ben's
  • Collectively we’ve driven 216 billion miles in Astra’s – that’s enough to drive to the sun and back 1,161 times
  • The length of 4 million Astra’s would take you to China and back
  • The name of the Vauxhall Astra derives from the Latin Astralis meaning the stars
  • The Astra has always been a popular Police patrol car – the Ml6 model was used by 54 different constabularies
  • Multi-award winning, the Astra most recently won European Car of the Year in 2016
  • Not just Brit built, the current Astra was designed by a tram led by Brits Marks Adams and Malcolm Ward
  • The Astra became the fourth ‘Reasonably Price Car’ on BBC Top Gear and driven by Will Smith, Olly Murs and Warwick Davis

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