End of the road for problem Lada

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The Independent Online
That much-maligned motor, the Lada, may have reached the end of the road in Britain, it was revealed yesterday.

None of the Russian-built cars have been imported to the UK since November because of an emission standards problem.

Now, with existing stocks running low, Lada's Motor Vehicle Imports business at Carnaby near Bridlington in east Yorkshire is being offered for sale. Even if buyers are found, they would inherit the problem, caused by difficulty in obtaining an American-built part for the Lada's fuel injection system.

The car has been on sale in the UK since 1973. About 8,000 are bought every year and there are currently 100,000 on British roads.