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Vauxhall is commemorating the production of 1.5 million Vauxhall Vivaro and its sister vans at their Luton plant.

Since its inception in 2001, the Vauxhall Vivaro and its companion models which now include the Citroen Dispatch, Fiat Scudo, Peugeot Expert and Toyota Proace have garnered immense popularity with more than 350,000 Vivaros being sold in the United Kingdom alone.

James Taylor, MD, Vauxhall, said: “Luton has been home for Vauxhall commercial vehicles for nearly a century. Since 2001, the Vivaro has become one of Britain’s most recognisable vehicles on the road, and has helped businesses across the country and abroad. Vauxhall is incredibly proud to have the vehicle reach the important milestone of 1.5 million models produced..”

In celebration of this achievement, the 1.5 millionth Vivaro-platform van, specifically a Vauxhall Vivaro Prime Van, was handed over to Virgin Media O2.

Mike Brown, Head of Fleet & EV Transition, Virgin Media O2, said: “The Vivaro is the ideal van for our needs, so I’m thrilled that Virgin Media O2 is the recipient of the 1.5 millionth Vivaro produced at Luton. As we transition to a fully electric fleet by 2030, the Vivaro Electric is becoming a key part of our business, aiding our transition to a more sustainable future and helping our employees carry out service and install visits at customers’ homes across the country.”

Having commenced operations in 1905, the manufacturing plant in Luton has been a longstanding home for Vauxhall vehicles, spanning over a century. Notably, it witnessed the assembly of the first commercial vehicles in 1932, with the panel vans 'VYC' and 'VXC' marking the inaugural products to roll off the production line.

Throughout the years, Luton has consistently delivered a diverse range of esteemed commercial vehicles for Vauxhall, including notable models such as the Chevanne, Astravan, Midi, and Rascal. The introduction of the Vivaro in 2001 marked the inception of a generational legacy that continues today.

Vivaro vans produced in Luton have played vital roles in serving numerous leading fleet partners of Vauxhall, including Virgin Media O2, BT, Sky, and Royal Mail. Additionally, these vans have been distributed to European customers under the Opel badge.

As an integral part of Stellantis, the Luton plant contributes to the production of various vehicles, including the Vauxhall Vivaro, Opel Vivaro, Peugeot Expert, Citroën Dispatch/Jumpy, and Fiat Scudo. It also manufactured the previous generation Vivaro for other brands.

In response to the growing demand for electric vehicles, the vans are now available as electric models with the Vauxhall Vivaro Electric, Peugeot e-Expert, Citroen e-Dispatch, and Fiat E-Scudo with either a 50kWh or 75kWh battery. These vehicles have a WLTP range of up to 205 miles on a single charge, with a maximum payload capacity of 1,226kg.

Stellantis has invested £100 million to facilitate the transformation of its Ellesmere Port plant into an electric vehicle manufacturing site. In 2023, production of fully-electric variants of the Vauxhall Combo, Peugeot Partner, and Citroen Berlingo small vans will commence at this facility, thereby contributing to the company's commitment to sustainable mobility.

Vauxhall has upgraded the trim levels available on its van range with the addition of a new top-spec Griffin Edition.

The new Griffin trim level will be available on all models in the Vauxhall range but limited to specific versions of each.

The Vauxhall Combo Griffin Edition will get 16-inch alloy wheels, metallic paint and rear parking sensors, while on the inside there is an 8-inch touchscreen, cruise control, and Vauxhall’s FlexCargo folding bulkhead and passenger seat to improve the usability of the rear loadspace. Combo Griffin Edition will, however, only be available on the standard wheelbase L1H1 Combo van and with the 1.5-litre Turbo D diesel engine. Prices will start from £15,475 (ex VAT).

Vivaro versions of the Griffin Edition get a similar set of equipment. Vivaro Griffin Edition vans will be fitted with rear parking sensors, 17-inch alloy wheels, high-beam assist as well as automatic windscreen wipers and body coloured bumpers. A 7-inch touchscreen is standard on the Vauxhall Vivaro Griffin Edition which also gets cruise control, and FlexCargo folding bulkhead. Like the Combo Griffin Edition, the Vivaro Griffin Edition will be limited to the L1H1 and L2H1 versions of the van and be available with the 120hp engine option. Prices for the Vivaro van start from £20,240.

And finally, the Movano Griffin Edition will be equipped with rear parking sensors, cruise control, automatic windscreen wipers and automatic headlights as well as a digital radio with Bluetooth and a USB connection, comfort seats with lumbar support and an armrest. It too will be limited in body sizes with just the medium wheelbase L2H2 and long wheelbase L3H2 bodies available. Vauxhall Movano vans will start from £22,370.

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TKL Skip Hire has added three new Scania P 250 skiploaders to its fleet as it expands its growing waste, recycling and skip hire business in Yorkshire.

The new units have Hiab Multilift Futura FTR12 skiploaders, which will increase its collections by up to 30% as a result of the new additions.

Martin Lindskey, managing director said: “We’re in a really positive position to be investing in the business and increasing our capacity to meet growing demand. These state-of-the-art skiploaders are operated using remote control which is safer for the driver and makes it easier to drop and collect skips within tight spaces.

“We have several contracts with local authorities and house builders so it’s important that we have the right equipment and team in place to respond to the needs of our customers. This is the second time we have chosen to use Hiab equipment because of its quality and reliability.”

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