UK - The OEM recently hit the milestone at its Luton plant, where it has been making the second generation Vivaro since 2014.

"As a British brand since 1903, we are very proud to celebrate this milestone at our Luton manufacturing plant and handover the landmark vehicle to BT Fleet Solutions, our biggest Vivaro customer," commented Stephen Norman, Vauxhall’s managing director. "Our hardworking and dedicated workforce produce vehicles of exceptional quality so it is no surprise these British-built Vivaro vans are so successful in the marketplace."

News of the milestone comes soon after Groupe PSA announced that it was investing in the Luton plant ahead of the launch of the new Vivaro in 2019. This will see capacity of the plant grow from 60,000 units per year to 100,000 units.

The investment will also be used to ready the plant for the introduction of the OEM’s Efficient Modular Platform 2 (EMP2) platform. This is already used as the base for several models including the new Citroen C5 Aircross, Opel Grandland X and DS 7 Crossback.

Groupe PSA has big plans to increase its market share, and hopes that its acquisition of Vauxhall will help.