Vauxhall reveals radical factory-test film for new Vivaro van
June 23, 2014: Luton company’s video shows ‘alternative’ approach to sign-off of new Vivaro Extreme test ensures that vans are optimised for maximum agility and durability Plant staff now accustomed to J-turns and approved ‘Two-Wheel Certification’ Luton – Vauxhall is thought to be the very first manufacturer to employ ‘extreme’ test procedures in its Kimpton Road plant at Luton, as revealed in a previously unseen video.
The tests, which are designed to validate the agility, durability and safety of every new Vivaro van, have just been introduced and are now seen as commonplace among the 1200-strong workforce at the historic Luton factory.
J-turns, handbrake turns and driving on two wheels across designated parts of the factory floor are just some of the tests that have been employed at the plant, and illustrate Vauxhall’s commitment to making the New Vivaro the toughest and most driveable van on the market.
Plant Director, Mike Wright, welcomed the new procedure: ‘As Britain’s largest LCV manufacturer, we want to ensure that every customer receives the very best van that we can produce, and that means putting it through the most demanding manoeuvres we can think of.
‘Our official test driver – known as “Stig-aro” to the men and women on the production line – has now got his procedure off to such a fine art that it barely raises an eyebrow in the factory. They just let him get on with it. But please don’t try this at home!’
The New Vivaro starts production this summer, with 40 per cent of its components coming from UK suppliers, many of whom are new to the company. Vauxhall is the largest manufacturer of LCVs in the UK, and has produced almost one million vans since the current model was launched in 2001. New Vivaro goes on sale later this year, priced from £17,995.
See the Vauxhall Vivaro being put through its paces here: Vauxhall Vivaro Video