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Vauxhall registrations down by a fifth as fires scandal rumbles on

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SALES of Vauxhall cars were down by more than 20 per cent year-on-year in May, according to the latest SMMT figures.

The brand’s reputation has been badly tarnished by the ongoing row over Zafira B models bursting into flames.

According to the monthly statistics issued yesterday by the SMMT, a total of 16,300 Vauxhall cars were registered in the UK in May, 21.25 per cent down on the figure for the same month in 2015, which was 20,698.


As a result, the brand’s market share was reduced from 10.42 per cent to 8.01 per cent.

Last month, we reported how more than 234,000 Vauxhall Zafiras are being recalled for the second time over the fires issue.

The manufacturer took the decision despite a first recall in December 2015 to solve the problem, which the manufacturer said was caused by improper repairs to the people carrier’s blower motor resistor.

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Dave, production editor on Car Dealer Magazine, is a journalist with more than 30 years' experience in the worlds of newspapers, magazines and public relations.

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