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New look for Europe's car manufacturing industry

French motor giant PSA Group's acquisition of Opel and Vauxhall from General Motors will lead to a shake-up among the region's carmakers, finds Scott Reid.

Anyone visiting Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant can be left in no doubt what is produced there. The words "Home of the Astra", emblazoned across an enormous black and white hoarding, can be seen for hundreds of metres around.

Thousands of workers are employed at the Merseyside site building what has, for several decades now, been one of Britain's best-selling family hatchbacks.

Fresh figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), published yesterday, underlined that popularity, with the current generation Astra grabbing third place in the list of top sellers for February. Almost 2,200 of them were registered during what is traditionally one of the quietest months of the year for dealerships ahead of the March plate change, and adding to the hundreds of thousands that have rolled out of the sprawling plant over the yea

The industry figures coincided with the news that the French owner of Peugeot and Citroen had struck a near-£2 billion deal to buy General Motors' European unit, which comprises the Vauxhall and Opel brands.

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