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Vauxhall considers second shift at Luton factory

A new Vivaro outside Vauxhall's Luton factory Credit: ITV News Anglia

Luton based Vauxhall says it's considering introducing a second shift at the Luton van plant.

The announcement comes on the day the company launched the latest version of the Vivaro van.

The decision to build the vehicles in Luton has secured the future of 1,200 jobs over the next decade with the prospect of more workers being recruited in the future.

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Vauxhall celebrates 110th birthday

Once a year fans of Vauxhall cars get a chance to see inside the manufacturer's heritage centre in Luton. It is home to more than 60 different models, charting the evolution of the company.

This year's heritage open day had extra significance - it was the 110th anniversary of the first car made by Vauxhall.

Click below to watch Stuart Leithes' report.


Van production in Luton more secure

The future of vehicle production in Luton looks more secure following an announcement from Vauxhall that it will start building the next generation of its Vivaro van in the town from 2014.

The news came as the 900,000th one rolled off the production line on Friday morning.

The landmark vehicle will go to the AA breakdown service which is one of Vauxhall's biggest customers.

The Luton plant built 53,000 vans in 2012 and along with the Ellesmere Port factory employs 2,500 people.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Business Correspondent Matthew Hudson


Euro 2012 blow for factory workers

Staff at the Vauxhall plant in Luton, Bedfordshire have been told they cannot watch the England Euro 2012 matches on the factory floor - despite the fact the company is the team's main sponsor.

The car manufacturer has their logo on the England team shirts - but says big screens would break health and safety regulations. But workers say they are working around the ban.