The Stellantis plant in Luton has expanded its model line with the start of production of the redesigned Fiat Professional Scudo light commercial vehicle.

This is the first time Fiat vehicles have been manufactured in the UK and they will be built with both right- and left-hand drive for UK and European markets.

The model will continue to also be produced at Hordain, France where the battery electric e-Scudo version is manufactured for all markets.

Luton also continues to build the ICE variants of the Vauxhall Vivaro, Opel Vivaro, Citroen Jumpy/Dispatch and Peugeot Expert LCVs.

Mark Noble, Luton plant director, said: “Its great news to start manufacturing the Scudo; this means we now produce all of the Stellantis brands mid-sized LCVs, for both the UK and Europe.”

Meanwhile, Stellantis is converting the Vauxhall/Opel Astra final assembly plant at Ellesmere Port to build electric versions of Stellantis’ smaller van line.