Opel and Vauxhall have announced the next-generation Astra will be built in Ellesmere Port, England and Gliwice, Poland.

Opel and Vauxhall have announced the next-generation Astra will be built in Ellesmere Port, England and Gliwice, Poland.

Set to enter production in 2015, the model will have a life-cycle that stretches into the early 2020s.

In order to gear up for production, Opel and Vauxhall will invest €300 ($380 / £240) million into the two facilities. The Ellesmere Port plant will have three shifts and produce a minimum of 160,000 vehicles annually.

Astra production will end in Rüsselsheim, Germany but Opel/Vauxhall CEO Karl-Friedrich Stracke said the plant will continue to play an important role in the company's growth strategy.

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