Vauxhall celebrates five million cars produced at Ellesmere Port

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Longstanding British carmaker, Vauxhall, is celebrating a manufacturing milestone, with the five millionth vehicle rolling off the line at its Ellesmere Port factory.

The Luton based company began making cars in the Cheshire town back in 1964, and many of the marque's most iconic models, including the original Viva saloon and Chevette hatchback, along with all six generations of the venerable Astra family car have been constructed here.

With an average output of around 100,000 units per year, the 1,800-strong workforce at the plant is capable of creating a brand new car every two minutes. Ellesmere Port is currently tooling up to produce the brand new Astra, which is due to arrive in showrooms towards the end of next year.

To celebrate 50 years of car manufacturing at the plant, Vauxhall roped in professional stunt driver Paul Swift to take a tour of the factory in some of the brand's past highlights in a manner that lives up to his name. Click play below to watch.