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Volkswagen recalls 384,000 cars from China

The Local · 20 Mar 2013, 12:57

Published: 20 Mar 2013 12:57 GMT+01:00

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Starting April 2nd, VW plans to replace malfunctioning parts and update gearbox software in 384,000 vehicles around China, a company spokesman said on Wednesday.

The recall was prompted by complaints from the country's quality control department AQSIQ over the weekend, which in turn subjected the company to criticism by state media channels.

VW announced the move shortly afterwards, emphasising that the decision had been made "of its own accord."

Affected are cars produced in China and a number of imported models, including Bora, Golf, Audi A3, Passat Touran, Octavia and Scirocco. The company had been aware of the issue for some time, having previously extended its gearbox guarantee.

Volkswagen is currently the second-largest foreign carmaker in China. Of 9.1 million cars sold globally in 2012, the company's best year to date, 2.8 million were sold in China.

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Company chairman Martin Winterkorn announced plans this month to substantially expand operations in its biggest market.

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Your comments about this article

16:05 March 20, 2013 by lucksi
There are sooo many things that sound wrong in the article.

Namely that China is the primary market for VW, that China has a quality control department and that gearbox has software
21:26 March 20, 2013 by neunElf
The quality control association in China is mainly used by their government to torpedo foreign brands after the Chinese have stolen all of the needed technology!

Yes, gearboxes do indeed have software.
00:06 March 21, 2013 by RainerL
Ones you emply a Contractor to work for you then you are also relying on their quality control / attitudes. No different here.
00:45 March 21, 2013 by Istabraq
haha is all I can think of.
03:37 March 21, 2013 by smart2012
Rainerl, what r u talking about/ r u working for a company of 2-3 people with no processes in place? All the companies using 3rd parties to make product with their own brand (so called co manufacturer) are responsible for quality of the final product.

That is why in this case is clear VW responsibility. Also, I read that some cars are imported...

And then they say German quality... ah ah
20:29 March 21, 2013 by raandy
This is globalization, when VW was made in Germany , it was quality , now I am not so sure.

Like Boing, when all made in the USA few problems , out sourse your work based on cost and you get what you pay for.
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