Volkswagen to recall 1.9 lakh cars in India over emissions issue


New Delhi : German automaker Volkswagen on Saturday said it will recall 1.90 lakh cars sold in India starting July to fix the emission software. The German auto major had said in December last year that it will call back as many as 3.24 lakh cars from Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda brands. It will begin the exercise with the recall of 1.9 lakh cars in the Volkswagen brand by fixing a software. Also called in will be 88,700 cars from Skoda and 36,500 cars from Audi across various models.

“Starting from the second half of 2016, Volkswagen will recall 1.90 lakh cars and continue till ten months,” Volkswagen India head of marketing Kamal Basu told to a news agency. “Since recall was done in the US to fix the emission software, the company decided to do also the same in India to keep updated with the changes made outside,” he said. Starting from July, communication would be sent to the customers regarding this and also to make them understand that the recall was purely voluntary in nature, Basu added.

The company also need approval of the regulator for the recall. Volkswagen complied with all the emission norms compliant with Bharat Stage IV standards, he said. The German auto major had admitted use of defeat device in 11 million diesel engine cars sold in the US, Europe and other global markets that allowed manipulation of emissions tests by changing the performance of the vehicles to improve results.