Vauxhall plant at risk after ‘brutal’ 2030 ban, says Stellantis boss

Chief executive of newly formed carmaker warns future of UK production depends on government

The future of Vauxhall’s UK car production will depend on government support after the “brutal” decision to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030, according to the boss of Stellantis, the newly formed carmaker.

Stellantis was officially created on Saturday after the completion of the merger between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Peugeot, the owner of the Vauxhall brand. The merger, first announced in October 2019, has created a global automotive giant with 400,000 employees and 14 brands, but its completion has also refocused the spotlight on its plant in Ellesmore Port, one of Vauxhall’s two remaining British factories.

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