VAUXHALL bosses have refused to speculate on the level of company investment and Government aid that will go into the Ellesmere Port plant to build the next generation of Astra.
At the time the deal was announced last week, Vauxhall chief Jonathan Browning and Trade and Industry Secretary Alistair Darling both spoke of a substantial sums of money being involved - but as yet there has been no official confirmation of exactly how much.
A figure of 200m euros has been mentioned as General Motors' possible investment into the factory, which will begin building the seventh incarnation of the family best-seller in 2010.
And it has been suggested the Government will plough in another £20m of assistance on top of this, bringing the total to around £150m.
Although he said the investment by the company would be 'significant', Vauxhall spokesman Denis Chick this week refused to comment on either figure.
He did say that by the time came to begin producing the next Astra the equipment at the 45-year-old North Road factory will have been replaced with the latest machinery.
He explained: 'We will have a much more efficient build system, which is why we will be able to run three shifts with the same number of people.'
The £20m figure for assistance to the plant which the Pioneer has been given by a reliable source is said to include cash from training funds, the European Social Fund and Regional Selective Assistance.
This amount is apparently still subject to confirmation by the Competition Commission.
But refusing to comment, Mr Chick said grant negotiations with the Government were not yet complete.