SHANGHAI – Volkswagen is recalling 384,181 cars in China, according to information from China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).
The recall decision came after the German automaker was exposed in an investigation on problems with its direct shift gearbox, or DSG, which aired on March 15 as part of China Central Television (CCTV)’s annual consumer rights broadcast.
In the television program, Volkswagen models including Golf, Sagitar, Magotan, Jetta and CC were cited as having faulty direct shift gearbox systems.
The models involved in the recall, which started on April 2, include the Scirocco, Golf Variant, Cross Golf, Audi A3, New Bora, Golf, Sagitar, Magotan, CC, New Sagitar, New Magotan, Touran, Octavia, Lavida, Superb and New Passat. Of the total, 7,139 units are imported models by Volkswagen (China) Sales Co., Ltd., 245,999 units made by FAW-Volkswagen and 131,043 by Shanghai-Volkswagen.
In 2012, Volkswagen extended the warranty on the two types of transmissions affected by the quality issue to 10 years from four, or 160,000 kilometers, whichever comes first.
Volkswagen controls a substantial market share in China, and builds cars in partnership with SAIC Motor Corp. and FAW Group. Volkswagen has aggressively expanded its operations in China, and now counts the country as its largest single market.