Volkswagen to Recall 580,000 Cars in China

- Leadership - Oct 17, 2014

Europe’s most prolific car manufacturer is having to recall more than 580,000 cars in China because of a problem with rear axles.

The highest-selling foreign carmaker in the country told the national quality watchdog that it would recall the models after an investigation was launched back in August.

The main model in question is the New Sagitar, produced in a joint venture operating the name FAW-Volkswagen Automobile Co Ltd.

Exactly 563,605 models made between May 2011 and May 2014 will be checked over, according to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.

VW is also recalling more than 17,000 imported Beetles with reference to the same problem.

This year the company has made and delivered 2.7 million vehicles into China, a year on year increase of around 15 percent and growth rate well above the industry average in the market.

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The Chinese market has not been a smooth one of late for Volkswagen, the company having to recall 384,181 models last year because of a gearbox problem after being investigated by Chinese TV station China Central.

A number of companies are investigating the option of bringing electric and driverless vehicles into China, including BMW which is teaming up with technology firm Baidu to trial its driverless features on the busy streets of Beijing and Shanghai. 

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