New Year Zafira Gets Auto For Diesel Engine As Arch Rival From Renault Is Eclipsed

Vauxhall Zafira Interior


An automatic transmission version of the Vauxhall Zafira MPV fitted with the 2.0 litre turbo diesel engine will be available from early next year.

  • Automatic gearbox for 2.0 DTi
  • Three-way folding for centre seats
  • Even easier rear seat storage
  • Sales rise continues
The move was announced as it was disclosed that Zafira's award-winning success has continued with sales in the first 10 months of this year exceeding those of its arch-rival, the Renault Scenic. Zafira sales totalled 36,783, up by 30 per cent on the same period last year, against Scenic's total of 32,761, a six per cent reduction.

In the vital fleet market alone, Zafira sales so far this year are up by 39 per cent.

The arrival of the automatic gearbox fulfils a promise Vauxhall made to customers as demand for an automatic diesel-powered model began to grow.

"Zafira is becoming even more popular, and so is diesel power. So we are pleased to be able to answer requests from our customers," says Zafira brand manager Andrew Cullis.

Four speed automatic transmission is already available on 1.8 and 2.2 litre petrol engines.

The new gearbox is one of a series of updates making the Vauxhall Zafira even more user friendly – if that is possible from a car that is still winning awards more than three years into its life!

The Flex7 seating system has made it the most accessible MPV on the market – and it is possible to convert Zafira from a full seven-seater to a single-seater within seconds. Now the second row bench can be split 40:20:40 and the back of the centre.

When folded, the seat also acts as an armrest and a spacious storage compartment with cupholders. The centre seat has a lap and shoulder seat belt and the two outer seats have provision for ISOFIX child seat mounts.

The handles which are used to store the two rear seats out of sight have been modified to make the operation even easier.

Other changes for the new year include white rear indicator lenses, and a new trim level, called Design, that replaces the Comfort model.

The Design Specification Includes:

  • Xeno cloth trim (in black, red or blue)
  • New design steel wheel covers
  • Centre console in matt chrome, high gloss chrome handbrake button
  • Body coloured door handles
  • White dials with chrome rings
  • CDR500 radio/single CD with steering wheel controls
  • Leather steering wheel and 12V accessory socket in rear


  • New velour trim
  • 16-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels
  • Centre console in charcoal metallic, high gloss chrome handbrake button
  • Body coloured door handles
  • Black dials with chrome rings
  • New convenience pack (seat tilt for driver and co-driver, lumbar support, height adjuster for co-driver, driver's armrest with integrated storage)


  • Alloy effect pedals
  • Centre console in matt chrome, high gloss chrome handbrake button
  • New design rear spoiler

New Options Include:

  • Electronic climate control for Design and Elegance models
  • Xenon headlights with high pressure wash and dark tinted effect for Design and Elegance
  • Alcantara available in silver grey/black and blue/black on GSi
  • Red/black leather combination available on GSi
  • CD changer available under front passenger seat (previously not available on GSi)

New Colours: Royal Blue, Silver Lightning, Ultra Blue and Saturn Blue

Zafira on-the-road prices range from £14,245 for the 1.6 litre Club, to £20,245 for the Zafira GSi Turbo – the fastest MPV on Europe's roads. Prices of the new Design model include £15,245 for the 1.6 litre model and £16,245 for the 2.0 DTi (automatic transmission is £995).

Published 21 November 2002 Melanie Carter

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