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Vauxhall dealerships set to close across the UK following plunging sales

Published 19 April 2018

Vauxhall says no UK showroom staff will lose their jobs despite giving all 326 dealerships two years' notice of contract termination.

The move - also happening with it's sister brand, Opel, across Europe - is part of PSA's plan to boost sales and cut costs. 

Sales of Vauxhall cars have been falling for some time but the decline accelerated last year, dropping 22 per cent. In 2017, Vauxhall sold 195,000 cars in the UK.

The Managing Director of Vauxhall Motors, Stephen Norman, explained that he didn't expect any redundancies among the dealership workforce of 12,000 as the showrooms affected would take on the PSA brand.

Approximately 1600 dealers across the European network will be given two years' notice from April 30 as the brands reorganise their dealer network.

Vauxhall - which was bought along with Opel last year for £1.9 billion by France's PSA Group - would still be Britain's second largest dealer network after the restructuring.

In April this year, PSA announced that it is investing £100 million in Vauxhall's Luton plant, securing van production there for at least the next decade. It also has plans to build a new model of the Vivaro van.

However, the future of the Ellesmere Port plant, which builds the Astra, is more ambigious. There have been two rounds of job cuts, with the loss of 650 positions since PSA took over.

Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), said: "Following Vauxhall’s announcement that its dealer network will be reorganised, there will remain a significant number of dealers geographically spread across the UK. We will continue to monitor the situation closely to be able to offer the support our members may need."

Comments

Senexdriver    on 23 April 2018

Very sad. Vauxhall suddenly found its way again in the early 80s with the highly successful Cavalier mk2. Many seem to have a downer on the brand but they have always produced solid, honest cars. I can’t understand why cars like the Insignia have never sold in larger numbers. I have never owned or driven one but it looks a great car. My only criticism of Vauxhall is that their cars are expensive, but residuals are poor and in recent years that has always discouraged me from buying. I had a number of models in the 70s and 80s and my sons are still driving around in my late father’s 2003 Corsa with 130,000 on the clock and still going strong.

   on 23 April 2018

I'm not surprised with the awful treatment we received from one of Vauxhall's dealer's in Watford. Good car but last Vauxhall to be purchased by my family

DAVID SARSON    on 23 April 2018

Not surprised about vauxhall showrooms cutting I have bought vauxhall for the last nine years same dealer this year purchased Insignia absolutely awful service much to arrogant

   on 23 April 2018

Having owned Vauxhalls since the 1980's,i switched to Skoda five years ago,and haven't looked back since. I moved from Sunderland to Aberdeenshire sixteen years ago,and found various dealers,all with the same couldn’t care less attitude. No more Vauxhalls for me.

John Brants    on 24 April 2018

Sad news. I had a 1960 Cresta in OZ --it was brilliantly reliable. Yeah I know,this is pretty ancient.

Polly Wilson    on 24 April 2018

My husband has had a Vauxhall Zafira for nearly 10 years through the mobility scheme and found them very useful economical and versatile cars. Hope they don’t spread dealers out too far. The best Vauxhall dealer we ever had was when we lived in Scotland Peter Vardy in Kirkcaldy. Stayed with them for 9 years before moving to Derbyshire. Local dealer in Derbyshire was very poor customer service. So now travel to Sheffield.

HonestTam    on 24 April 2018

Very sad. Vauxhall had just got it right again with the current Astra and new Insignia - both brilliant cars.
The 2017/18 Astra VXR is just beautiful.
Maybe they are now paying the price for some awful cars during the mid 90's to around 2010?

otter valley    on 24 April 2018

Yes sad about Vauxhall. I have just joined the Vauxhall Victor owners club, though I am a past not current owner. Vuaxhall Victor 101 FC. 1968 through to about 1974. My eldest brothers had a Cresta model and an earlier Vauxhall 12. Corrosion was the problem. But still have fond memories of the car.

Was looking at Vauxhalls in the East Midlands where I live. But in view of the comments about attitude and servicing I am not sure now...

stojom    on 25 April 2018

Bought my first Vauxhall in 2011, an Astra auto estate. Very impressed with it and a lovely trim, gave no problems. In 2015 wanted to swap for new zafira tourer. It was being upgraded but salesman didn’t know about it. Supposed to call me back with latest info but didn’t bother so bought Toyota instead. Car salesman should always know all details of their products.

Peter Hobbs    on 28 April 2018

I have bought two cars from Bristol Street Motors in Crosshills West Yorkshire over the last 5 years. Always had excellent sales and after sales service, unlike 2 separate Stoneacre dealers who were appalling.

silvergb    on 1 May 2018

Vauxhall have lost their USP as a UK Fleet car which was so successful in the past with the Cavalier,Carlton and Astra. They were even popular with the MOD,Taxi companies and Police.
They have recently had some quality issues especially with the Zafira.
There really is no reason to buy a Vauxhall as their dealers give mediocre service and when Ford do it so much better in terms of design and choice and image .
If a British built car is the imperative there is a huge choice among the Japanese brands ;the latter also have better reliability,better residuals ,good dealers, hybrids in the case of Toyota and are therefore much higher up the JD Power survey.
PSA to give them their due have done well on building and enhancing the Citroen brand and Model range so I am sure they could give Vauxhall/Opel a boost if they so choose . I'm not sure they will choose this route as investment will be huge - they may just want the valuable GM European distribution network and grow the popular commercial vehicle side..

   on 2 May 2018

My view on Vauxhall is that yes they are solid cars... I was going to buy the Astra Elite... leather interior etc, nice to drive, but compared to Ford Focus not a patch.
I had put a deposit down, but changed my mind, the outside of it looked boring in comparison to the Ford Focus i eventually bought,,, It was quite cheap as well , because i had my ford focus to part exchange ... which i loved a 60 plate for a 64 plate Vauxhall..
Ford are very innovative, comfortable seating, good technology , and plenty of zip , got a 1.5 tdci.. its the little things like cup holders, and room for your cds etc etc

Vauxhall need to wise up fast,,, otherwise they will get even less sales .

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