Vauxhall's van manufacturing plant in Luton has become the first in Europe to achieve a top manufacturing benchmark.
The Built in Quality (BIQ) Level 4 honour was awarded to Vauxhall in recognition of its world class quality control standards at the Luton site, the UK’s most productive van plant.
Of General Motors’ 396 facilties around the world, Luton is just one of three to receive the honour.
Auditors visited the plant last year to check the plant’s progress against a check list of 95 different items affecting the quality of the vans built at Luton, where it employs 1,200.
“We are delighted Vauxhall Luton has been honoured for its excellent work on quality control and assurance,” said Duncan Aldred, Vauxhall’s chairman and managing director.
“Achieving BIQ Level 4 recognises the dedication, hard work and commitment that the entire Vauxhall Luton team put in to building the multi-award winning Vivaro van.”
The latest landmark is a further boost for a site which was feared to be under the threat of closure in 2011, but has since continued to produce the Vivaro, with its 900,000th model coming off the production line last July.