THE car industry was given a much-needed boost yesterday when Vauxhall announced a £189m investment plan as efforts continued to save Rover from closure. Vauxhall will create 500 new jobs as part of its move to boost productivity at its factories in Luton and Ellesmere Port. Chairman Nick Reilly said that despite the high level of the pound, which continued to put a “substantial strain” on business, the UK was still a good place to manufacture.