Today, Volkswagen Group India announced a recall of 3,23,700 cars across three brands, making it the largest recall in the history of Indian auto industry. Following the ARAI’s probe into the impact of VW dieselgate on India, the German automaker has announced that it will implement technical measures to reduce the emissions of affected cars with EA189 series diesel engines.
VW Group India has submitted its observations, findings and outlines of solutions to the government of India, ARAI and ministry of heavy industries. Once the technical solution proposed by the company is approved by competent authorities, the automaker will carry out necessary fix at no cost to the customers.
As per the company’s records, from 2008 to November 2015, around 19,800 VW cars, 88,700 Skoda cars and 36,500 Audi cars have been equipped with the affected EA189 diesel engines (1.2-,1.5-,1.6- and 2.0-litre). All the concerned customers will be informed about the technical measures to be implemented in their cars by the respective brands. These engines can be found in VW Polo, Vento, Jetta, Passat, Skoda Fabia, Rapid, Yeti, Superb, Laura, Octavia, Audi A3, Q3, A4, Q5, etc.
The company reiterates that the controversial engine software doesn’t pose any safety issues. The statement also said that all VW Group India brands will work towards regaining the customers’ trust and will not deviate from the planned investments, product plans and new launches.