Cars built in Britain now join those from long ago in demostration to safeguard 5000 jobs at British car factories.

A convoy of Vauxhalls old and new has toured central London today to remind MPs of the importance of safeguarding over 5000 jobs at the company’s car and van plants.

The union Unite said it wanted to drive home how vital it is to key manufacturing regions that Vauxhall keeps building cars. At present, five-door versions of the Astra are built here at Ellesmere Port, along with Vivaro vans and minibuses at Luton.

The European division of strike-hit General Motors, including Open and Vauxhall is about to be sold off. One possible buyer, the Brussels-based RHJ International, has promised to keep the factories running. Magna International and a late entrant, Beijing Automotive Industry Holding, also want to buy Vauxhall.

The convoy included an Astra and Vivaros as well as notable models from the past including a Viva, Cavalier, Chevette and a Vectra.