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Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant to build new Astra

17 May 2012 Last updated at 13:37 BST

Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant will build a new generation of Astra cars in an "historic" deal that will see it produce at least 160,000 cars a year.

About 700 jobs will be created at the plant, which employs 2,100, plus thousands more in the supply chain.

Owner General Motors announced it will invest £125m in the factory and spend about £1bn in the UK component sector.

John Moylan reports.