Largest emergency services car factory in Europe Converts 2,500 Vauxhall’s a year for police, fire and ambulance Production moves in-house, 50 new jobs created
In a significant milestone in its history, Vauxhall has officially opened its cop-car car factory at its manufacturing facility in Luton. It is the largest of its kind in Europe.
The British auto manufacturer is the leading supplier to police and emergency service fleets with a 70 per cent market share of competitive segments.
The new facility has been created after moving production in-house from its previous location in Millbrook, Bedfordshire. Millbrook Proving Ground was previously owned by Vauxhall’s parent company General Motors until 2013 when it was sold off.
Around 2,500 cars and vans per year will be converted for use by police forces and fire and ambulance services nationwide. The move creates 50 new Luton-based jobs.
Supplier firms around the country also benefit with 90 per cent of ‘blue-light content’, the materials used to convert a standard car in to a police car, sourced locally from UK suppliers. Local firms include Border Engineering in Luton and AV Engineering in Royston.
An array of Vauxhalls will be converted for use by the emergency services at the Luton facility with cars including the Corsa, Astra, Insignia and MokkaX, plus commercial vehicles such as the Combo, Movano and the Luton-built Vivaro vans.
Vauxhall is currently the only manufacturer to offer a one-stop shop for ‘blue-light’ vehicles. Everything is done in-house from testing to converting and even remarketing of decommissioned vehicles.
Along with the increasingly ugly new face of crime and the enlarged terror threat, policing has changed dramatically in recent years. With technology like 4G wi-fi and rugged Toughbook tablets, Vauxhall offers the emergency services everything they need to stay connected on the move.