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Europe’s biggest cop car factory opens

Vauxhall has opened a new police car factory, said to be the largest in Europe, at its manufacturing plant in Luton, Bedfordshire.

Police cars being converted for use

Vauxhall’s blue light conversion centre at its Luton plant

Previously located at Millbrook, Bedfordshire, the new inhouse factory will convert 2,500 vehicles per year for use by police forces and fire and ambulance services nationwide, offering a one-stop shop approach.

Vauxhalls available for conversion include the Corsa, Astra, Insignia and Mokka, as well as commercial vehicles such as the Combo, Movano and the Luton-built Vivaro vans.

“Through our flexible production facility, Vauxhall is able to offer a one-stop shop purchasing experience to UK emergency services,” said Dick Ellam, Vauxhall’s manager, special vehicles.

“We can deliver a wide choice of car and van models, specifically designed and rigorously-tested to meet the stringent demands of our emergency services. We can also supply turn-key vehicle solutions that enable rapid turnaround of replacement vehicles, plus we can now offer a unique in-house de-commissioning and re-marketing service.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news.