French car giant PSA Group is to buy the European operations of General Motors, including Vauxhall in the UK, for £1.9billion, the company has announced.
Unions say they have been assured that the Vauxhall plant in Cheshire will continue making the Astra until 2021 regardless of a takeover.
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