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Volkswagen Golf sales plummet in Northern Ireland after emissions scandal

By Margaret Canning

Volkswagen Golf sales in Northern Ireland have plummeted by around 35% since the scandal over emissions at the German car giant.

There were 90 Golfs sold in November – down from 140 in October, figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show.

The fall means the Golf has plummeted from NI's number one car in October to number 4 in November.

The Volkwagen Polo, at number 7 in October with 76 sold, has dropped off the top 10 altogether.

The new number one is the Hyundai Tucson, with 111 sold.

Overall, new car sales were down 5% to 3,128 in November, compared to a year before.

The top 10 cars sold were:

  1. Hyundai Tucson: 111
  2. Ford Kuga: 93
  3. Vauxhall Insignia: 91
  4. Volkswagen Golf: 90
  5. Ford Fiesta: 89
  6. Vauxhall Mokka: 79
  7. Vauxhall Corsa: 75
  8. Kia Sportage: 69
  9. Ford Focus: 67
  10. Fiat 500: 61

UK-wide, Volkswagen car sales have fallen by almost 20% last month in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal, the SMMT said.

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